My son recently had arthroscopy done on 5 mm lesion which was centrally located in elbow with cartilage completely intact. Surgeon chose to repair with drilling to restore blood flow to damaged bone area. They also removed a bone chip which they found in his elbow. Prior to surgery he had some pain when throwing and locking of elbow occasionally when hitting. He is about 6 weeks post-surgery and feels good. He has started to do some light exercising but recently felt some "catching" in his elbow as he works on extending it fully to gain full mobility. Most of the time, he works through the "catching" easily; however, I'm concerned whether this is normal during recovery process and if this can be attributed to working through scar tissue or stiff soft tissue when trying to fully extend. Still early in recovery process but concerned nonetheless. Would very much like to hear from someone on ASMI team. Thank you in advance.
Post by Mike Azzam, MD on Feb 17, 2016 15:46:28 GMT -6
Unfortunately that question is not as simple as this or that. There are many factors that go into the decision for treatment of an OCD lesion of the elbow including age, activity level, sports, history/exam and MRI findings. Many patients do well with arthroscopic debridement and microfracture of an OCD lesion, while others require some type of grafting procedure. It is the combination of history, physical exam, imaging findings and sometimes even intraoperative findings that determine the appropriate treatment.
I have been searching around in regards to this condition. Also looking to see who specialises in this nature of injury and can help with it.
I am 22 and myself have this condition. I was diagnosed with ocd of the elbow when I was 15 and had arthscopy to remove the loose bodies. I never new much about the injury, but it has impacted me in a big way. I felt as though the doctor never really cared for the outcome, just wanting to complete the procedure and be paid for it. I do recall that the doctor did check with a fellow specialists to seek if the oats procedure (graft from knee to elbow) would be appropiate, however, both specialists believe that this would lead to knee issues in the future.
I come to this forum to seek for help. I live in Australia and I feel as though the doctors here are not informed or updated on the procedures used for this sort of injury. I would really appreciate if anyone can provide me info on the most knowledgable and experienced doctors who understand the demand of an active individual and can help with This disorder.