Arthroscopic Release of the Stiff Elbow
What is Arthroscopic Release of the Stiff Elbow?
A stiff elbow is a challenging orthopedic problem with many different causes. Trauma to the elbow is considered to be the most common cause, while other contributing factors may include arthritis, infection, or scar tissue. This condition can limit range of motion and function in the elbow. Dr. James Mazzara offers a treatment called arthroscopic release of the stiff elbow for patients in Manchester, South Windsor, Rocky Hill, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities. Arthroscopic release of the stiff elbow is a minimally invasive surgery performed with the use of a small camera, called an arthroscope and small instruments inserted through tiny incisions in the elbow. This procedure will restore flexibility in the patient’s elbow and improve overall function.
How is arthroscopic release done?
Arthroscopic release of the stiff elbow could include release of the joint capsule, release of muscle or ligaments, removal of excess bone or loose bodies and release of the nerves if they are pinched or crowded. Dr. Mazzara may perform an elbow contracture release surgery. This arthroscopic procedure removes thickened or abnormal scar tissue, as well any abnormal growth of bone. Removal of the thickened capsule allows for restoration of range of motion. Normal elbow ligaments are preserved, and any nerves are decompressed and freed up from surrounding scar tissue. Surgery to remove scar tissue and release contractures can lessen pain and improve function for the stiff elbow.
Are you a candidate for an arthroscopic release of the stiff elbow?
There are two ways to initiate a consultation with Dr. Mazzara:
You can provide current X-rays and/or MRIs for a clinical case review with Dr. Mazzara.
You can schedule an office consultation with Dr. Mazzara.
What happens after arthroscopic release of the stiff elbow?
Dr. Mazzara and his orthopedic team will have patients start physical therapy within 24 hours of surgery. Exercises taught to you by the expert therapists of Orthopedic Associates of Hartford will be required 2-3 times a day. Physical therapy and motion exercises are essential to maintain the newly cleaned joint and to prevent reoccurrence of scar tissue an stiff elbow.
When can I return to my normal activities?
Patients in Manchester, South Windsor, Rocky Hill, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities are allowed to return to light work as soon as they are pain free – which usually takes 3-8 weeks. Dr. Mazzara will continue to monitor patients to assure that motion returns. Sporting activities such as golf and swimming are allowed usually after 6 weeks.
For more information regarding arthroscopic release of the stiff elbow, or to see if Dr. James Mazzara, elbow surgeon, can treat your elbow injury, please contact our office, treating patients living in Manchester, South Windsor, Rocky Hill, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.