Risks of this type of surgery include infection and problems with wound healing. In most cases immediate movement is possible, and use of the arm for daily tasks such as dressing, writing and eating should be possible within a couple of days. Driving is also usually possible within 3-4 weeks. Physiotherapy is almost always required and it may be necessary to wear an elbow brace for certain periods of the day.
To ask a question about elbow arthrolysis or to book an appointment, contact our specialist team available Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm. Our shoulder team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.
If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment. If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer for authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.
If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.