Surgery to remove or debridement a bone spur is done arthroscopic. Dr. Alkhatib makes usually 2-3 incisions around the back of the elbow. He introduces a camera into the area which allows him to take photographs of the bone spur and at the time he will do a complete inspection of the elbow. He then introduces a shaving device, called a burr, which allows him to safely remove the bone spur.
This procedure is an outpatient procedure, meaning you go home when the procedure is over. Sedation and a local anesthetic is used, which provides short-term numbing to the operative area. This lasts for approximately 8-12 hours. Because of this type of anesthesia, a sling is required for the first 24 hours after surgery. Once the patient has full sensation back, a sling is no longer required.
After surgery, the patient may notice that the incisions are “leaking” or “weeping.” This is normal.