Competitive sports or repetitive movements that involve the elbow joint, like gardening, painting, and raking, can cause chronic pain that may not respond to conservative treatment. If this sounds like you, seek help right away from the orthopedic specialists at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Frisco, Texas. Dr. Paul Ghattas, DO is fellowship-trained in elbow surgery and can help you choose between various surgical options so you can return to the activities you love. To learn more about elbow surgery, call or click today to make an appointment.
Elbow injuries are typically common in sports that involve overhand throwings, like baseball and tennis. The constant overuse and repetitive motions lead to inflammation of elbow tendons and micro-injuries to the bones. This can result in conditions such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and bursitis.
Other factors that cause elbow injuries are osteoarthritis and acute trauma involving fractures and dislocation of the joint.
The cause of your elbow injury determines the type of treatment best suited for you. Dr. Ghattas is highly trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of elbow injuries. After the initial evaluation and X-rays, he may recommend direct surgery or, if possible, non-surgical options, like rest, bracing, medications, and physical therapy.
To bring about rapid and effective healing, he may give you steroid injections or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. If your elbow injury shows no improvement after 6-12 months of treatment, Dr. Ghattas recommends surgery.
If you fail to respond to non-surgical options for your elbow pain, Dr. Ghattas may choose between open surgery or arthroscopy. In some cases, he needs to remove the damaged tissue from the joint and replace it with artificial components. While each method has its pros and cons, some conditions respond well to specific options.
Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery of the elbow joint. Dr. Ghattas inspects and repairs the inside of your elbow joint through a small incision with a thin, flexible tube. Elbow arthroscopy is best for treating conditions like:
Open surgery is the preferred method for treating a stiff elbow and displaced fractures. Elbow fractures usually occur as a result of trauma or fall on outstretched hands. If the X-ray shows that the bones have moved apart or there are multiple bone fragments, Dr. Ghattas recommends an open fixation, with or without bone grafting.
An elbow replacement helps with an elbow injury that isn’t responding to non-surgical options, or if you have severe pain and restricted movements due to osteoarthritis. It is very successful in treating conditions such as:
To learn more about elbow surgery, schedule an appointment today by phone or online.