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Published Online:https://doi.org/10.3928/01477447-20171102-04Cited by:2

Abstract

Indications for elbow arthroscopy are expanding; however, it is uncommon compared with shoulder arthroscopy. Elbow arthroscopy can be complicated by positioning, including the need to obtain specific arm holders required by most operating rooms. Surgery can be performed in the supine, prone, or lateral position. Arm traction allows for distraction of the joint space, full insufflation, and therefore visualization of intra-articular anatomy. This article outlines a new technique using previously available shoulder arthroscopy equipment to avoid increased cost incurred by procuring new, elbow-specific equipment. This technique is performed in the supine position using a hydraulic system and a shoulder 3-point distractor. [Orthopedics. 2018; 41(1):e158–e160.]

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