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Arthroscopic Decompression
Dr. James Chen, M.D. - In San Francisco, CA



Dr. Chen’s surgical technique for elbow decompression:


An arthroscopic procedure performed to remove bone spurs that may cause pain and limit elbow range of motion. Two to four small incisions are made around the elbow. An arthroscopic camera and instruments are used to inspect the joint and identify the bone spur. Any soft tissue encompassing the spur is removed and an arthroscopic burr is used to shave it down. Elbow motion is examined with the arthroscope to ensure all areas of impingement are removed.

Common Questions about Arthroscopic Decompression

What is Decompression of bony impingement?

In the elbow often bone spurs develop over time which cause impingement and loss of motion. Removal of these spurs can increase motion and thus "decompress" the elbow.

How is elbow Decompression performed?

Through 3 or 4 small incisions a camera and instruments are introduced into the elbow. A burr is used to remove bone spurs. A shaver is used to remove scar tissue. A heat wand is used to release tight capsular tissue.

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