Category Archives: Elbow

Throwing Injuries of the Elbow

Throwing Injuries of the Elbow Overview Throwing overhand again and again puts a lot of stress on your elbow. It can lead to injury. Young athletes, in particular, are at risk. Some play sports all year without learning how to throw properly. And, their bones are still growing. Let’s look at how the elbow can […]

Triceps Tendonitis

Triceps Tendonitis Overview This is an inflammation of a tendon at the back of your elbow. It’s called the “triceps” tendon. It anchors your upper arm’s triceps muscle to the ulna (one of the bones of your forearm). Causes You can injure your triceps tendon by repeatedly stressing it. Baseball pitchers are prone to this […]

Arthroscopic Debridement of the Elbow

Arthroscopic Debridement of the Elbow Overview During this outpatient procedure, the surgeon examines the inside of the elbow joint with a camera called an arthroscope. The surgeon identifies and corrects problems with the bones, ligaments and tendons of the elbow. Preparation In preparation for the procedure, sedation or general anesthesia is administered. The elbow is […]

Aspiration of the Olecranon Bursa

Aspiration of the Olecranon Bursa Overview This outpatient procedure relieves pain and swelling in the elbow caused by bursitis, or inflammation of the bursa. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac between the skin and bones of the elbow. Preparation The patient is positioned so that the elbow can be bent comfortably, and the back of […]

Cubital Tunnel Release at the Elbow

Cubital Tunnel Release at the Elbow Overview This outpatient procedure, performed under general or regional anesthesia, alleviates compression of the ulnar nerve. This nerve travels along the inner side of the elbow and down to the hand. Cubital tunnel release is used to treat cubital tunnel syndrome. Preparation Anesthesia is administered, and the patient is […]

Medial Epicondylectomy

Medial Epicondylectomy Overview This outpatient procedure, performed under general or regional anesthesia, removes the medial epicondyle (the bony bump on the inner side of the elbow) to alleviate compression of the ulnar nerve. Medial epicondylectomy is used to treat cubital tunnel syndrome. Preparation Anesthesia is administered, and the patient is positioned to allow access to […]

Radial Tunnel Release at the Elbow

Radial Tunnel Release at the Elbow Overview This outpatient procedure, performed under general or regional anesthesia, alleviates compression of the radial nerve. This nerve travels along the outer side of the elbow and down to the hand. Radial tunnel release is used to treat radial tunnel syndrome. Preparation Anesthesia is administered, and the patient is […]

Ulnar Nerve Transposition at the Elbow

Ulnar Nerve Transposition at the Elbow Overview This outpatient procedure, performed under general or regional anesthesia, repositions the ulnar nerve to prevent it from sliding against or becoming pinched by the medial epicondyle (the bony bump on the inner side of the elbow). Ulnar nerve transposition is used to treat cubital tunnel syndrome. Preparation Anesthesia is […]