Elbow Surgery

Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates

Orthopedic Surgery located in Reno, NV

Overuse, wear-and-tear, and injuries are responsible for the majority of elbow problems, and the need for elbow surgery. At Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates in Reno, Nevada, James S. Sobiek, MD, and Donald S. Huene, MD, are board-certified orthopedic surgeons who specialize in elbow surgery. Most elbow problems can be resolved without surgical intervention, but if you’ve tried nonsurgical treatment without relief, Drs. Sobiek and Huene provide expert, minimally invasive surgical care so you can resume your daily activities without constant pain. Call to schedule a consultation or book online today.

Elbow Surgery Q & A

When would I need elbow surgery?

Your elbow is a complex joint, where the three bones in your arm come together. The humerus, your upper arm bone; the ulna, your forearm bone on the pinky side; and your radius, your forearm bone on the thumb side, all come together at your elbow joint.

The joint itself is covered in cartilage to protect the bones and provide a cushion. Ligaments, muscles, and nerves allow you to move, bend, and rotate your arm. You may need elbow surgery when any of the bones and ligaments that make up your elbow joint are affected by years of overuse, age-related arthritis, or a sports injury.

Common reasons for elbow surgery include:

  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scar tissue release
  • Loose cartilage or bone fragment removal
  • Fracture repair
  • Elbow joint replacement

Typically, Drs. Sobiek and Huene recommend elbow surgery when nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy, rest, or injections fail to relieve your pain and symptoms long term.

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is a condition that leaves you with pain and swelling in your elbow. Damage to the tendons in your arm that connect your muscles to your elbow bone often leads to tennis elbow. Even if you don’t play tennis, using your arm to make the same movements over and over again, such as for your job, can lead to tennis elbow.

For many people, taking a break from the activity that caused tennis elbow, along with recommended physical therapy, helps alleviate pain and reduce swelling. However, if you’ve tried these methods, or it’s not possible for you to refrain from the activity or repetitive motion, surgery may be a solution.

What is elbow arthroscopy?

In many cases, Drs. Sobiek and Huene can repair or restore your elbow arthroscopically. During this minimally invasive surgery, your orthopedic surgeon performs the operation using a small surgical camera called an arthroscope to guide miniature surgical instruments inside your elbow joint. The arthroscope displays the images of your elbow on a computer screen while your doctor expertly guides the instruments to repair the joint.

Arthroscopy is often preferable because it requires smaller incisions rather than a large cut to access your elbow during surgery. Elbow arthroscopy may even be an in-office procedure, depending on your specific condition.

If you suffer from elbow pain, call to schedule a consultation or book online for expert orthopedic care in Reno, Nevada, and the surrounding areas.