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WHAT IS IT: Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition in the elbow resulting from inflammation and damage to the tendons that connect forearm muscles to the outside of the elbow joint. This surgical procedure repairs tiny tears in the tendon caused by overuse.
WHAT CAUSES IT: Tennis elbow is a common condition caused by overuse of the arm, forearm and hand muscles that results in elbow pain. Tennis elbow is largely an overuse injury resulting from repetitive and strenuous activity. While this condition is common amongst those who play tennis and other racquet sports, several other activities are a risk for tennis elbow.
WHAT IS IT: An elbow arthroscopy utilizes a small fiber-optic camera and tiny surgical tools inserted through an incision in the skin to examine and repair tissues inside and around the elbow joint. Orthopedic surgeons commonly use this minimally invasive surgical procedure to evaluate and treat a variety of different elbow conditions.
WHAT CAUSES IT: An elbow arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a variety of different conditions in and around the elbow joint. There are multiple causes, conditions and symptoms that may warrant an elbow arthroscopy in order to more accurately diagnose and treat an injury or condition to the elbow joint. Arthritis, fractures, instability, infection, or any other unexplained elbow symptoms are common conditions that may require an elbow arthroscopy in order to accurately determine appropriate action for treatment and care.
WHAT IS IT: Tendons are soft, band-like tissues that connect muscles to bone. When a muscle or tendon is torn or damaged around the elbow or upper arm, a surgery may be required in order to promote proper healing and prevent future damage to the region.
WHAT CAUSES IT: Chronic strains from overuse and acute strains that result from a direct blow are two of the most common forms of injury to tendons and muscles in the elbow and arm. While some strains or tears can heal without additional correction, it is not uncommon to need a surgical procedure in order to return mobility and function in the arm and elbow back to normal.
WHAT IS IT: The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is part of a system of ligaments and tendons that link and stabilize bones of the upper and lower arm where they meet at the elbow. The MCL is largely responsible for joining the inner aspect of the humerus with the inner aspect of the ulna. Elbow MCL reconstruction is a surgical procedure used to repair a torn or damaged MCL.
WHAT CAUSES IT: An elbow MCL tear typically occurs during activities that place excessive force on the MCL. This injury is most common in athletes involved in overhead throwing sports in which exceptional force is repeatedly placed on the elbow. Typically MCL tears occur over time and do not affect range of motion. However, an MCL tear will limit the arm’s ability to exert force.
WHAT IS IT: A total elbow replacement, also known as a total elbow arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which an artificial joint is implanted into the body in order to replace a damaged or arthritic elbow joint. Artificial elbow joints are comprised of specially designed metal and plastic implants that maintain mobility of the joint.
WHAT CAUSES IT: Many factors and conditions may warrant elbow joint replacement surgery. This procedure can effectively treat problems caused by arthritis of the elbow, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and post-traumatic arthritis. However, you and your doctor may also consider an elbow replacement following a severe fracture in which the elbow becomes shattered. This injury is more common among aging adults with fragile bones (osteoporosis).