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Prof. Dr. Elgeadi's team has traumatologists specializing in the treatment of elbow pathologies, using minimally invasive techniques, which can significantly improve the patient's quality of life.

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Elbow arthroscopy explained

Prof. Dr. Elgeadi

Arthroscopy is a technique in which the joint is addressed in its entirety and which is used in numerous pathologies, among which we can find those related to the elbow. In this video, Doctor Elgeadi explains the main advantages of arthroscopy in major injuries that patients usually suffer from.
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Elbow endoscopy and arthroscopy 

The elbow joint is one of the joints that suffers the most during sports, such as golf or tennis. In many cases, injuries can cause immobility and pain in the patient.

The team led by Prof. Dr. Elgeadi has traumatologists specializing in elbow pathologies, mastering techniques such as elbow endoscopy and arthroscopy, which can significantly improve the patient's quality of life.

Resolving doubts…

The elbow is the joint that provides mobility to the arm. It serves as a connector between the upper and lower part of the arm and is responsible for different movements. There are three joints within the elbow.

On the one hand, the humero-radial joint, located on the outside of the elbow, allows flexion and extension movements, in which the anterior, posterior, annular and internal lateral ligaments intervene.

Secondly, the humeroulnar joint which is located on the inner edge of the elbow and allows movements to be made only in one plane. Also, it intervenes in flexion and extension movements of the elbow.

Lastly, one can differentiate the proximal radioulnar joint, composed of the elbow joint capsule, is involved in the movements of pronation and supination.

This injury arises as a result of the breakage of one or more bones belonging to the joint.

There are several types of elbow breaks:

  • Radial head and neck fracture: The treatment will depend on how broken the bone is and into how many fragments.
  • Olecranon fractures: The bones move and as a consequence surgery is necessary to realign them.
  • Distal humerus fractures: This fracture is associated with injuries to nerves or arteries.

Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery, through which the elbow joint is addressed in its entirety. First, a minimal incision is made in the patient's skin and the arthroscope.

This device connects to a high-resolution screen, through which quality images are obtained. It is a non-aggressive technique that allows rapid recovery. It is important that the intervention be carried out by a elbow specialist traumatologist.

Advantages of elbow arthroscopy

The main advantage of elbow arthroscopy is the minimal damage to the tissues, which reduces the risk of infections in the patient. Additionally, through this method, the entire joint can be completely visualized, without having to resort to open surgery. .

Being a minimally invasive elbow surgery, the patient's recovery is faster and the risk of complications is significantly reduced. This approach consists of making small incisions (approximately 3 or 4) in the affected joint.

Postoperative after elbow arthroscopy

Elbow arthroscopy is performed through a technique that turns out to be minimally invasive for the patient, as a consequence, recovery after elbow surgery It will be faster than in those classic surgeries that are performed openly.

To obtain good results, it is important that the intervention be carried out by an elbow traumatologist. Professor Doctor Elgeadi's team has experts in elbow arthroscopy in Madrid.

Elbow arthroscopy has numerous advantages when it comes to treating pathologies of the said joint. Since it involves minimal aggression to the patient's tissues and allows a quick recovery with good results for the patient.

There are numerous elbow pathologies and injuries that can be treated by elbow arthroscopy, some of them are:

Elbow osteoarthritis

This pathology is a consequence of a degenerative elbow joint disease, specifically in its cartilage. The most common symptoms that usually occur are: joint pain, inflammation in the elbow or joint stiffness.

Ulnar nerve entrapment

This injury is also known as cubital tunnel syndrome and arises as a consequence of the irritation in the ulnar nerve, which is one of the three main nerves of the arm and connects the neck and hand. Some of the symptoms it presents are: tingling, sensitivity in some of the fingers and pain in the area.

Elbow epicondylitis

Also known as “tennis elbow”. This injury caused by a repeated elbow hyperextension, causes pain in the tendons that can radiate to other areas of the arm. Some of the most common symptoms are stabbing pain on the lateral and external part of the elbow.

Osteochondritis dissecans

This disease arises due to a lack of blood supply to the area, and as a consequence, the bone dies. Common symptoms are pain and swelling, weakness in the joint, locking in the elbow, and decreased movement. This pathology usually occurs in young people.

Stiffness or restricted mobility of the elbow

This pathology consists of the loss of mobility in the joint, which may be due to fractures or dislocations in the elbow.
The main symptom that usually occurs is limited mobility, as well as pain in the joint.

Arthroscopy for the treatment of elbow bursitis

This elbow bursitis injury arises as a result of a inflammation in the bursa, which contains fluid and is located in the elbow. The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness in the area, swelling or redness.

If treatment based on drugs or rest has been followed and has not been effective, elbow surgery will be performed using arthroscopy.

The recovery after arthroscopy to treat elbow bursitis It is generally quick, this is a result of the minimally invasive technique that causes minimal damage to the patient.

The endoscopy is a surgical technique It allows the doctor to see inside the body through a tool called an endoscope. The doctor will be able to access the affected area through a cavity, hollow organ, or opening in the body.

Although arthroscopic intervention predominates in the elbow joint, endoscopy is used for bursa treatment (bursitis) and ulnar and radial nerves.

The elbow prosthesis operation, also known as elbow arthroplasty It is intended to replace the entire joint or just the damaged part. This joint can be damaged due to trauma or as a result of rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation of the joint), which are the most common cases in which elbow replacement surgery is performed.

Types of elbow prostheses

There are numerous types of elbow prostheses, we can classify them into two types:

  • Total elbow prosthesis, where I know Replaces the entire joint.
  • Partial elbow prosthesis, in which the part of the joint that has been damaged or affected is replaced.

Recovery after elbow prosthesis

The most common thing is to maintain complete rest of the elbow for approximately a month. However, this time may vary and be longer, since it depends on each particular case.

It is recommended that during the recovery period the patient performs some exercises that have been recommended by the elbow specialist in charge of the operation. When the wound is completely healed, it is advisable to attend physiotherapy and rehabilitation sessions to gain muscle mass, which will have been lost after the elbow prosthesis operation.

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