After Elbow Arthroscopy

March 21, 2017

After Elbow Arthroscopy

After surgery, your joint may be swollen, painful, and stiff. Recovery times vary, depending on what was done. With bone removal, you may be told to bend and straighten your arm soon after surgery. This will help restore normal movement. With osteochondritis dissecans repair, recovery takes longer. Your surgeon will tell you when to resume activity.

At home

Man standing with his elbow elevated in a sling.Follow your surgeon’s guidelines for healing:

  • Elevate and ice your elbow to reduce swelling.

  • Keep your elbow compressed in a sling, bandage, or splint.

  • When you shower, cover your elbow with plastic to keep it dry.

  • Take pain medicine as directed.

☐ Schedule your first follow-up visit as directed after surgery.

☐ Take care of your incision, and bathe as directed.

☐ Complete your physical therapy program.

☐ You can do these activities right away:



March 21, 2017


Rosenberg, BM, Elbow Arthroscopy, Buttetin of the NYU Hospital for Joint Disease, 2007, 65(1), pp. 43-50

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