After Elbow Arthroscopy

After surgery, your joint may be swollen, painful, and stiff. Recovery times vary, depending on what was done. With bone removal, you may be told to bend and straighten your arm soon after surgery. This will help restore normal movement. With osteochondritis dissecans repair, recovery takes longer. Your surgeon will tell you when to resume activity.

At home

Man standing with his elbow elevated in a sling.Follow your surgeon’s guidelines for healing:

  • Elevate and ice your elbow to reduce swelling.

  • Keep your elbow compressed in a sling, bandage, or splint.

  • When you shower, cover your elbow with plastic to keep it dry.

  • Take pain medication as directed.

The checklist below helps remind you what to do after arthroscopy.

Image Schedule your first follow-up visit for five days after surgery.

Image Take care of your incision, and bathe as directed.

Image Complete your physical therapy program.

Image You can do these activities right away:

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