Arthroscopic Surgery


Are you experiencing joint pain in your wrist, elbow or shoulder? Not sure what it is? There are dozens of conditions that can affect your upper extremities. Arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive procedure, can help diagnose and treat painful joint conditions. Mark A. Yaffe, MD, at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists has advanced fellowship training in upper extremity conditions and extensive experience in arthroscopic surgery. Call Barrington Orthopedic Specialists today to book an appointment at one their four offices in Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, or Buffalo Grove, Illinois.


What is arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that Dr. Yaffe uses to visualize, diagnose, and treat wrist, elbow, and shoulder pain. It’s also commonly used for knee, hip, and ankle pain. During arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Yaffe makes a small incision and then inserts a small fiber-optic tube, with a camera attached to it, through the incision.

That camera, called an arthroscope, displays images of inside your joint and surrounding tissues on a video monitor. With this imaging, Dr. Yaffe can diagnose and, if necessary, perform surgery to treat your condition.

What wrist, elbow, and shoulder conditions does arthroscopic surgery treat?

Joint pain and damage happen for many reasons. You may have carpal tunnel syndrome, inflammation, arthritis, a sports injury, a work-related injury, trauma, or a congenital disorder. All of these issues can damage your joints and surrounding tissue. Dr. Yaffe has special expertise in diagnosing and treating these conditions with arthroscopic surgery,

What types of arthroscopic procedures do you perform on the wrist, elbow, and shoulder?

Dr. Yaffe performs diagnostic and treatment procedures with arthroscopic surgery for all types of wrist, elbow, and shoulder ailments. Some of these procedures include:


Arthroscopic surgery is commonly used for rotator cuff repair, bone spur removal, removal or repair of the labrum, and removal of inflamed tissue or loose cartilage.


Dr. Yaffe uses wrist arthroscopy to perform a carpal tunnel release, a triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) repair, a ganglion cyst removal, and wrist fracture stabilization.


Some of the elbow conditions that arthroscopic surgery treats include tennis elbow, loose cartilage and bone fragments, osteoarthritis, scar tissue, and rheumatoid arthritis.

What can I expect after arthroscopic surgery on my wrist, elbow or shoulder?

The good news is that because Dr. Yaffe does arthroscopic surgery with only small cuts, you can go home the day of your surgery. Recovery from arthroscopy is often faster than recovery from open surgery, but it may still take weeks for your joints to completely recover.

You may experience some pain and discomfort for a few weeks after surgery. Recovery time depends on the procedure and your physical condition.

To find out if arthroscopic surgery is right for you, call Barrington Orthopedic Specialists today.

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