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

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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.

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

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

ImageTake care of your incision and bathe as directed.

ImageComplete your physical therapy program.

ImageYou can do these activities right away:

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