If you have an elbow injury and need surgery, you can trust Colorado Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics (COSMO) in Denver, Colorado, to provide exceptional care. Fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons Catherine Logan, MD, MBA, MSPT, Jared White, DO, and their expert team offer the latest advances in elbow surgery to repair your joint’s structure and function and reduce pain. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.
Your elbow is a joint that connects your upper to your lower arm. The joint contains bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage and allows you to bend your arms. With an injury, age-related wear and tear, or arthritis, you may experience severe or ongoing elbow pain.
If non-surgical treatments (rest, physical therapy, medications, injections, etc.) haven’t worked, your COSMO specialist may recommend you undergo elbow surgery.
The expert team offers advanced comprehensive sports medicine elbow care for patients of all ages and activity levels.
Reasons you might experience elbow pain include:
Common types of elbow surgery include traditional open surgery, arthroscopic surgery, and robotic surgery.
To determine if (or what type of) surgery is right for you, your specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They examine your elbow joint and may recommend blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures.
Follow all of your surgeon’s instructions before undergoing elbow surgery at COSMO. Stop taking certain medications, arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure, and avoid food and drinks the morning of surgery if your provider recommends it.
Right before surgery, your specialist gives you anesthesia to numb your elbow and help you fall asleep. They make tiny incisions near your elbow joint to repair, remove, or replace targeted tissues. Your surgeon closes the incisions and takes you to a recovery area before you head home.
You might rest in a recovery room for 1-2 hours but can often go home the same day as elbow surgery. In some cases, you may stay in a surgery center overnight. Either way, have a family member or friend drive you home.
Follow all of your post-surgery instructions. Ice the treatment area, wear a splint when needed, take medications as directed by your surgeon, elevate your elbow, and keep the surgical site and bandages clean. Your recovery may take a few weeks or months, depending on the type of surgery you undergo.
To maximize recovery, complete rehabilitation exercises and stretches as directed by your provider.
If you experience ongoing elbow pain, schedule an appointment with Colorado Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics by phone or request an appointment online today.