Because the elbow is a small and complex body part, surgery can be challenging even for the most experienced orthopedic surgeon. However, in some cases, it is necessary. When rest, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy fail to alleviate the pain, the person will likely have to undergo cartilage repair surgery.
The best candidates for arthroscopic elbow cartilage repair are patients who have mild to moderate primary osteoarthritis with stiffness and minor pain. It is very important to mention that people who experience pain throughout their full range of motion in their elbow or have severe primary osteoarthritis are not good candidates.
These are the benefits and disadvantages of elbow cartilage repair: