Is Elbow Arthroscopy Effective?

Ernesto Luciano-Perez, MD, of Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists

Ernesto Luciano-Perez, MD, Medical Director of Bon Secours Sports Medicine

Arthroscopic surgery has evolved greatly in the last decade. Better equipment and improved arthroscopic techniques  now allow orthopaedic surgeons to address pathologic conditions – not only in the bigger joints, such as the knee and shoulder but also in smaller joints such as the elbow.

An ever-expanding number of conditions now can be treated with this arthroscopic technique. One of such conditions is loose bodies inside the elbow joint. Floating debris from lesions in the articular surface can be removed safely with arthroscopic techniques. Joint stiffness and even tennis elbow lesions can sometimes be addressed with this technique.

A thorough evaluation is needed prior to surgery to determine patient eligibility. This evaluation will include a very thorough history and physical examination as well as CT scanning or an MRI.

Following surgery, a detailed rehabilitation program, like that facilitated by our partners In Motion Physical Therapy, will maximize your chances for an excellent outcome.

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Dr. Ernesto Luciano-Perez specializes in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery and General Orthopaedics. He received his board certification in 1993 from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Luciano-Perez’s affiliations and memberships include Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Medical Association, Virginia Orthopaedic Society and Southern Orthopaedic Association.

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