Elbow Surgery: Removal of Loose Bodies

Indications for operation

Loose bodies in the elbow


General Anaesthetic (Fully asleep)

Local anaesthetic and Morphine will be injected into the joint for post-operative pain relief

Operation type



2-4 ½ cm incisions will be made in the elbow, one to either side of the elbow and 1-2 at the back.


The elbow joint will be fully inspected and the loose bodies located. These will be removed using specially designed grasping instruments.

Wound Closure

Small butterfly paper stitches will be used to close the wounds.


Elastoplast dressings will be placed over the top of the paper stitches and an elastic support bandage over the top of this.

Immediate aftercare

You will wake up with the bandage on the elbow and the arm elevated on pillows. You can go home when you feel comfortable and will be given instructions on what to do next.

Further instructions for Loose Body Removal Rehabilitation