Bone Spurs of the Elbow Surgery

There are two primary surgical options for treating bone spurs in the elbow:

  1. Arthroscopic Surgery: This minimally invasive procedure involves small incisions through which a tiny camera and surgical instruments are inserted, enabling surgeons to remove the bone spurs. The arthroscope provides a detailed view of the elbow joint, ensuring a precise procedure.
  2. Open Surgery: In more severe cases, open elbow surgery may be necessary. This involves a larger incision and direct removal or shaving of the bone spurs. The open nature of the surgery allows for a more comprehensive correction of structural issues.

Expected Surgery Outcome

Bone spur surgery is intended to alleviate pain and improve elbow functionality. The majority of patients see significant reduction in discomfort and improved range of motion. Following a period of postoperative rehabilitation, most are able to resume regular activities.

Potential surgery complications and risks

While generally safe, complications can occur, including infection, nerve damage, bleeding, and postoperative stiffness. There’s also a chance of adverse reaction to anaesthesia, and in rare instances, the bone spurs may recur.


  • Infection: An inherent risk with any surgery, infection is rare but can occur.
  • Nerve Damage: Nerves near the surgical site could inadvertently be damaged, causing potential numbness or weakness.
  • Bleeding: There is always a chance of bleeding during any surgical procedure.
  • Postoperative Stiffness: Some individuals may experience stiffness in their elbow following surgery, typically manageable through physiotherapy.
  • Recurrence: Though unusual, there’s a chance that bone spurs may return after surgery.

Recovery after surgery

Following surgery, patients typically undertake a regimen of physiotherapy to regain strength and mobility in the elbow. The recovery timeline can differ significantly among individuals, but most can expect to return to normal activities within three to six months post-surgery. It’s important to note that activities involving heavy lifting or strenuous use of the arm may require an extended recovery period.