Arthroscopic Treatment of Elbow Fractures: How I Do It!
Treatment of articular elbow fractures consists in precise articular reduction and firm fixation to permit early rehabilitation. The arthroscopic approach achieves reduction and fixation of the articular fragment with a better evaluation of associated lesions compared with the open surgery. It also minimizes the damages to the periarticular soft tissues and may have a lower morbidity compared with open surgery. Best indications seem to be Mason type II radial head fractures, Bryan-Morrey types I and II capitellar fractures, and coronoid fractures. No prospective studies have compared arthroscopic and open techniques, and the literature is constituted only of case report and retrospective case series.
KeywordsArthroscopy Elbow joint Fractures Elbow injuries Review