Dr. Carlos Rebollón
Elbow Specialist in Panama
My training as an orthopedic surgeon specialized in elbow pathologies allows me to take a concrete approach to study and effectively treat any injury in the area.
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Elbow specialist: ARTHROSCOPY
Elbow arthroscopy is a localized surgery performed using a medical device called an arthroscope, also used for shoulder arthroscopy. The arthroscope consists of a small lens or camera that provides a clear image of the internal cavity of the elbow to assess and repair damaged tissues within the joint, without resorting to open surgery.
When an injury presents complications that cannot be resolved with therapies or medical treatments, the next option to correct any damage in the joint is to undergo elbow surgery. The type of surgery to be used is determined in advance by the orthopedic surgeon, who knows the causes of the injury, the solution, and what is most recommended for the patient.
These are the three most common types of surgeries for people with elbow injuries:
It is one of the first alternatives to consider as it is a minimally invasive surgery with precise results. In this procedure, the orthopedic surgeon makes small incisions around the elbow to allow the passage of the arthroscope and other specialized repair equipment into the cavity. Once inside, the surgeon will begin to correct the injury.
Conditions that are typically resolved by arthroscopy include contractures, adhesions, joint fractures, post-traumatic arthritis, among others.
CORRECTIVE SURGERY (ESPECIALLY FOR TENNIS ELBOW)
Lateral epicondylitis is a condition that originates in the tendons of the elbow due to overuse of this joint. In some mild cases, the condition can be improved with treatment, rest, physiotherapy, or arthroscopic surgery. However, many patients require open surgery that allows for more complex anchoring and suturing of the tendon.
This procedure is used to replace the injured bones of the joint and replace them with a specially designed prosthesis for the elbow. This type of operation is widely recommended for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Despite its small size, the elbow is a vital joint for optimal arm movement, and like any joint, it is composed of cartilage, ligaments, fluids, and bones that help it function properly. Although a large part of its injuries occur due to trauma, constant and repetitive use over an extended period can also cause wear and discomfort.
Common elbow injuries include: