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After Elbow Arthroscopy


Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

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 OCD repair, recovery takes longer. Your surgeon will tell you when to resume activity.

You may be told to bend and straighten your arm a few times each day.

At Home

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.

  Schedule your first follow-up visit for 5 days after surgery.

  Take care of your incision and bathe as directed.

  Complete your physical therapy program.

  You can do these activities right away:




Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.201.3624 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics
140 24th Street South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: 715-201-3624
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