Elbow Arthroscopic Surgery
Using arthroscopic surgery for elbow conditions offers a minimally-invasive option to repair and treat many elbow joint issues. Arthroscopy uses a tiny camera and light, which can access the elbow joint through a small incision, reducing trauma to the joint and tissues. Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds is an experienced orthopedic surgeon who specializes in using arthroscopy to repair many common elbow joint conditions at his practice in San Jose.
Arthroscopic surgery offers a conservative approach to joint repairs compared to traditional open surgery. A small incision, usually less than an inch in diameter, is all that is needed to allow the arthroscope to enter the elbow joint. The digital camera transfers the images of the joint elements to a monitor, giving Dr. Reynolds a clear view to perform needed repairs. This method reduces tissue damage and can be performed on an outpatient basis. For the patient, this can result in less pain, reduced medical costs and a faster recovery after surgery.
Elbow Conditions Treated by Arthroscopy
While not all elbow repairs can be completed through arthroscopic surgery, many common elbow conditions are possible to treat with this minimally-invasive approach. Some of the elbow conditions that may be treated with arthroscopy include:
- Arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis)
- Bone spurs
- Elbow contractures
- Loose bodies in the elbow
- Some elbow fractures
- Tennis elbow
Dr. Reynolds has extensive experience using arthroscopy for joint treatment, preferring conservative surgical methods over more invasive open surgery or joint replacement. Arthroscopic surgery can be used for both injuries and disease in many cases, reducing the stress on the patient during and after treatment.
If you have an elbow injury or dysfunction, contact Dr. Reynolds to schedule a consultation and exam. His practice accepts many forms of insurance and offers innovative options for orthopedic treatments, including arthroscopic surgery. Call today to book your appointment with one of the Bay area’s leading orthopedic surgeons.