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ISRN Surgery
Volume 2011, Article ID 378135, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/378135
Review Article

Arthroscopic Treatment of Stiff Elbow

Umberto I-Mauriziano Hospital, University of Turin Medical School, Largo Turati 62, 10128 Torino, Italy

Received 13 March 2011; Accepted 28 April 2011

Academic Editors: T. L. Hwang, A. Nissan, and B. H. Yong

Copyright © 2011 Davide Blonna et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Contracture of the elbow represents a disabling condition that can impair a person's quality of life. Regardless of the event that causes an elbow contracture, the conservative or surgical treatment is usually considered technically difficult and associated with complications. When the conservative treatment fails to restore an acceptable range of motion in the elbow, open techniques have been shown to be successful options. More recently the use of arthroscopy has become more popular for several reasons. These reasons include better visualization of intra-articular structures, less tissue trauma from open incisions, and potentially the ability to begin early postoperative motion. The purpose of this paper is to review the indications, complications, and results of arthroscopic management of a stiff elbow.