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Elbow arthroscopy

Dominique J Griffon, Ayman A Mostafa, Laurent Blond, David J Schaeffer
OBJECTIVE: To characterize radioulnar incongruence (RUI) in large dogs with medial coronoid disease (MCD) and determine the agreement between radiography, computed tomography (CT), and arthroscopy. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective observational case series. ANIMALS: Twenty-four large-breed dogs under 3 years of age with confirmed MCD. METHODS: MCD and incongruence were evaluated by radiographs and CT. RUI was measured along the ulnar commissure, mid-body, and apex of the medial coronoid process (MCP) by CT and arthroscopy...
March 13, 2018: Veterinary Surgery: VS
Jason Silvestre, Joseph Upton, Benjamin Chang, David R Steinberg
BACKGROUND: Hand surgery fellowship programs in the United States are predominately sponsored by departments or divisions of orthopaedic surgery or plastic surgery. This study compares the operative experiences of hand surgery fellows graduating from orthopaedic or plastic surgery hand surgery fellowships. METHODS: Operative case logs of 3 cohorts of hand surgery fellows graduating during the academic years of 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015 were analyzed. The median case volumes were compared by specialty via Mann-Whitney U tests...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Alexander H Jinnah, T David Luo, Ethan R Wiesler, Zhongyu Li, Gary G Poehling, Christopher J Tuohy, Benjamin R Graves, Michael T Freehill, Anastasios Papadonikolakis
PURPOSE: To identify risk factors associated with peripheral nerve injury after elbow arthroscopy and provide an updated incidence of those complications. METHODS: The elbow arthroscopies that were performed at our institution between 2006 and 2016 were identified. Over a 10-year period, 253 elbow arthroscopies were performed at our institution. Two hundred twenty-seven cases had a minimum follow-up of 4 weeks, and were included in our analysis. Minor and major nerve-related complications were recorded...
February 2, 2018: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
B Finke, W Petersen
OBJECTIVE: The aim of a tenotomy of the long biceps tendon is to remedy a painful pathology in the proximal region of the tendon. Tenodesis of the tendon can restore the motor and cosmetic function of the biceps brachii muscle. INDICATIONS: Partial rupture or tendopathy of the long biceps tendon, injuries of the anchor of the long biceps tendon (SLAP lesions; SLAP: superior labrum anterior posterior), lesions of the pulley system. CONTRAINDICATIONS: Infections or tumors, loss of the long head biceps tendon from the intertubercular groove...
February 2018: Operative Orthopädie und Traumatologie
G Klaud Miller
An inexpensive and radiolucent elbow can be built with a PVC pipe available at any home center or hardware store for less than $25 that allows elbow arthroscopy or open elbow surgery such as open reductions and internal fixation to be performed in the prone, "sloppy" lateral, or decubitus position.
August 2017: Arthroscopy Techniques
Shawn W O'Driscoll
Posterior impingement pain in baseball players is typically due to a fractured olecranon osteophyte. Computed tomographic (CT) scanning is the imaging of choice when evaluating posterior or posteromedial elbow pain in athletes who have subjected the elbow to excessive stresses such as occur in overhead throwing and weightlifting. Sometimes the fracture fragment can be so small that it might not be detected on plain radiographs, magnetic resonance imaging, or even at the time of arthroscopy. Symptomatic fractured olecranon osteophytes can be diagnosed clinically with the extension impingement test or arm bar test...
January 2018: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
Manish S Noticewala, David P Trofa, Danica D Vance, Charles M Jobin, William N Levine, Christopher S Ahmad
PURPOSE: To analyze (1) the incidence and type of complications after elbow arthroscopy, (2) the incidence of returning to the operating room (OR) after elbow arthroscopy, and (3) patient and risk factors for complications across a national surgical outcome database. METHODS: Patients who underwent elbow arthroscopy from January 2005 through December 2014 were identified in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database by use of Current Procedural Terminology codes...
December 19, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
Julianne M Kowalski, James T Monica
Indications for elbow arthroscopy are expanding; however, it is uncommon compared with shoulder arthroscopy. Elbow arthroscopy can be complicated by positioning, including the need to obtain specific arm holders required by most operating rooms. Surgery can be performed in the supine, prone, or lateral position. Arm traction allows for distraction of the joint space, full insufflation, and therefore visualization of intra-articular anatomy. This article outlines a new technique using previously available shoulder arthroscopy equipment to avoid increased cost incurred by procuring new, elbow-specific equipment...
November 8, 2017: Orthopedics
Larry D Field
Elbow arthroscopy is a challenging procedure due, in part, to the technical demands of portal placement as a consequence of the close proximity of the neurovascular structures. The radial nerve and its branches are especially at risk during lateral elbow arthroscopic portal placement. Two newly described (proximal) anterolateral elbow arthroscopy portals may be safer than the distal anterolateral portal location with regard to proximity to the radial nerve. These portals provide a new angle of approach, compared with the traditional and more posterior (but still safely proximal) anterolateral portals...
November 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
Michael C Ciccotti, Justin D Stull, Patrick S Buckley, Steven B Cohen
One cannot overstate the importance of a thorough history and physical examination, supplemented with directed imaging, to help pinpoint the exact cause of the athlete's elbow pain. Although plain radiographs should not be overlooked, advanced imaging plays a critical role in diagnosis and management of pathology in the thrower's elbow, including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and stress ultrasound. By judiciously combining these elements, the clinician can appropriately manage these injuries in order to successfully return the athlete to their preinjury level of play...
December 2017: Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review
Alexandre Tadeu do Nascimento, Gustavo Kogake Claudio
BACKGROUND: The study purpose was to evaluate the outcomes of patients who received arthroscopic surgical treatment for medial epicondylitis refractory to conservative treatment. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 7 patients who underwent arthroscopic surgical débridement of the common flexor tendon for treatment of medial epicondylitis refractory to conservative treatment. The patients were assessed using the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand score; visual analog scale for pain; and Short Form 36 Health Survey...
December 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Hiroshi Ohuchi, Rolando Junior L Torres, Kotaro Shinga, Ken Ichikawa, Yuki Kato, Soichi Hattori, Shin Yamada
Direct posterior and posterolateral portals are the standard portals used in posterior elbow arthroscopy. A posteromedial portal in the elbow is not recommended because of its proximity to the ulnar nerve. However, iatrogenic injuries to the ulnar nerve have been reported after elbow arthroscopy using the standard posterior portals, especially in posteromedial elbow joint pathologies. We present a surgical technique applicable to posteromedial elbow pathology by using ultrasound-assisted posteromedial portal placement of the elbow joint...
August 2017: Arthroscopy Techniques
Nick F J Hilgersom, Derek F P van Deurzen, Carina L E Gerritsma, Huub J L van der Heide, Martijn J A Malessy, Denise Eygendaal, Michel P J van den Bekerom
PURPOSE: The purpose is to create more awareness as well as emphasize the risk of permanent nerve injury as a complication of elbow arthroscopy. METHODS: Patients who underwent elbow arthroscopy complicated by permanent nerve injury were retrospectively collected. Patients were collected using two strategies: (1) by word-of-mouth throughout the Dutch Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and the Leiden University Nerve Centre, and (2) approaching two medical liability insurance companies...
September 20, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Michael Rose, Carolin Curtze, Joseph O'Sullivan, Mahmoud El-Gohary, Dennis Crawford, Darin Friess, Jacqueline M Brady
PURPOSE: To develop a model using wearable inertial sensors to assess the performance of orthopaedic residents while performing a diagnostic knee arthroscopy. METHODS: Fourteen subjects performed a diagnostic arthroscopy on a cadaveric right knee. Participants were divided into novices (5 postgraduate year 3 residents), intermediates (5 postgraduate year 4 residents), and experts (4 faculty) based on experience. Arm movement data were collected by inertial measurement units (Opal sensors) by securing 2 sensors to each upper extremity (dorsal forearm and lateral arm) and 2 sensors to the trunk (sternum and lumbar spine)...
December 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
Süleyman Semih Dedeoğlu, Yunus İmren, Haluk Çabuk, Ali Çağrı Tekin, Mustafa Çağlar Kır, Hakan Gürbüz
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess applicability of arthroscopic technique in intramedullary nail fixation of humerus shaft fractures and to compare with conventional nailing in terms of its effects on perioperative and postoperative intra-articular complication rates as well as on clinical and functional outcomes. METHODS: This prospective randomized controlled clinical trial included 40 patients (12 females and 28 males) indicated for surgery between either undergo arthroscopy-assisted (Arthroscopy-assisted intramedullary nailing [AIMN]; n = 20) or conventional (Intramedullary nailing [IMN]; n = 20) anterograde intramedullary nailing...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
Steven M Andelman, Kristen M Meier, Amanda L Walsh, Joung Heon Kim, Michael R Hausman
BACKGROUND: Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive means by which to treat a variety of acute and chronic elbow conditions. Although the safety and efficacy is well documented in the adult population, comparatively little information is available about the role of elbow arthroscopy in the pediatric population. This study reports the indications for and safety of elbow arthroscopy in a series of pediatric patients. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed from 2001 to 2015 of a surgical database at a single institution...
August 22, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Stephen Thon, Peter Gold, Lane Rush, Michael J O'Brien, Felix H Savoie
PURPOSE: To evaluate the proximity to the radial nerve on cadaveric specimens of 2 modified anterolateral portals used for elbow arthroscopy. METHODS: Ten fresh cadaveric elbow specimens were prepared. Four-millimeter Steinman pins were inserted into 3 anterolateral portal sites in relation to the lateral epicondyle: (1) the standard distal anterolateral portal, (2) a modified direct anterolateral portal, and (3) a modified proximal anterolateral portal. These were defined as follows: direct portals 2 cm directly anterior to the lateral epicondyle, and proximal portals 2 cm proximal and 2 cm directly anterior to the lateral epicondyle...
November 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
Felix H Savoie
Arthroscopy for elbow arthritis has been used by this author for 30 years. There are many benefits to arthroscopic management of the arthritic elbow. A complete understanding of the pathology is essential to correct surgical management. Excision of spurs and osteophytes, deepening of the coronoid or olecranon fossa, removal of loose bodies, and synovectomy are essential. Arthritis is usually not a capsular problem, so the releases needed for post-traumatic ankylosis takedown are not usually necessary in the arthritic elbow...
August 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
P Arrigoni, D Cucchi, A Menon, P Randelli
PURPOSE: The presence of intra-articular findings that may complement the extra-articular pathology in lateral epicondilytis has been suggested, and a role for minor instability of the elbow as part of the causative process of this disease has been postulated. This study was designed to describe two new clinical tests, aimed at detecting intra-articular pathology in patients affected by recalcitrant lateral epicondylitis and investigate their diagnostic performance. METHODS: Ten patients suffering of atraumatic lateral elbow pain unresponsive to conservative treatment were considered in this study...
December 2017: Musculoskeletal Surgery
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