Elbow Surgery

Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation located in Rockville, MD & Damascus, MD

Not all types of elbow pain can be resolved through surgery, but for some men and women, arthroscopic elbow surgery is the only way to alleviate chronic pain and restore mobility. If you suffer from elbow pain, the knowledgeable team of orthopaedic surgeons at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation in Rockville and Damascus, Maryland, can help. The dedicated surgeons and on-site rehabilitation therapists at their state-of-the-art facility are with you every step of the way through your surgery and recovery. Call or book an appointment online today.

Elbow Surgery Q & A

Why Would I Need Elbow Surgery?

In some cases, severe elbow pain or loss of function and mobility can be alleviated with elbow surgery. Typically, your orthopaedic surgeon performs elbow arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure, to repair damage or remove damaged structures from within your elbow.

You may need elbow surgery to:

  • Remove bone spurs that impede natural motion
  • Remove loose debris that collects as a result of arthritis or an injury
  • Loosen a stiff joint capsule after injury or surgery
  • Assess cartilage damage
  • Treat rheumatoid arthritis
  • Treat tennis elbow, a microscopic tearing of the tendons in your elbow joint


As with other joint surgeries, the team at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation take the most conservative, nonsurgical approach to help alleviate your symptoms whenever possible, before recommending elbow surgery.

What Can I Expect with Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery?

During arthroscopic elbow surgery, your doctor makes just a few small incisions in your elbow: one for the tiny surgical camera that allows your surgeon to see inside the joint, and others to insert the surgical instruments. These strategically placed “portals” minimize potential injury to the nerves, blood vessels, and tendons in your elbow.

Arthroscopic elbow surgery is an individualized procedure based on your specific condition, and it can be done on an outpatient basis with local anesthetic or with a general anesthetic, depending on the complexity of the surgery.

As you recover, your comprehensive treatment strategy may also include physical therapy and rehabilitation at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation’s on-site facility. Your team of doctors and physical therapists work closely together to ensure the most successful outcome and a full recovery, so you can return to your active lifestyle with only minimal interruption.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Elbow Surgery?

Depending on your specific condition, it may take several weeks or longer before you’ve fully recovered from your elbow surgery, but arthroscopic elbow surgery requires less recovery time than open surgery in almost every case.

You should be able to return to driving and other daily activities without too much delay. Your Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation surgeon discusses the details with you prior to your procedure so you’ll have a clear idea of what to expect.

If you suffer from elbow pain and find it challenging to participate in activities you enjoy, you may benefit from elbow surgery. Call Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation or book an appointment online today.