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Risks and Complications

The list below includes some of the common possible side effects from this surgery.  Fortunately complications are very rare in your doctor’s practice.  Please note that this list includes some, but not all, of the possible side effects or complications.  Complications may include complications from anesthesia, infection (very rare with arthroscopic procedures), nerve injury (rare), blood vessel injury (extremely rare), bleeding (extremely rare), elbow stiffness, failure of repair, failure of the anchors or sutures, failure to improve your symptoms as much as you had hoped, a blood clot can form in your arms or legs and very rarely travel to your lungs, complex regional pain syndrome (a painful condition involving the arm). Although these risks remain small, the risks of nerve injury and infection are higher with elbow arthroscopy compared to other joints such as the shoulder and knee.  For this reason, the use of antibiotics following surgery and proper dressing management are very important.

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