What is the recovery process after elbow arthroscopy?
Recovery from elbow arthroscopy is typically much quicker than open surgery. For proper healing, it is important to follow your orthopedic specialist’s rehabilitation guidelines so the elbow joint has time to recover fully. Here is what to expect after elbow arthroscopy:
- Pain, swelling and discomfort in the elbow is normal in the days following elbow arthroscopy. Applying ice for the first 48 hours is recommended to help with pain and swelling.
- If needed, pain medication will be provided and should be taken as prescribed.
- Some elbow arthroscopy procedures will require a brace following surgery.
- Physical therapy is generally started immediately following elbow arthroscopy since motion recovery is key to a full and successful recovery and may be performed by the patient or with the aid of a physical therapist.
- Most patients will need to be by the specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho a few days following their arthroscopic surgery to assess healing and to receive further instructions for the best outcome.
To learn more about elbow arthroscopy or to see if your elbow injury can be treated with minimally invasive surgery, please contact the orthopedic elbow specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho, serving patients in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the surrounding communities of the Treasure Valley.