To begin this procedure, one or more small incisions is made around the elbow area where the pencil sized cameras and surgical instruments will be inserted. Next, a clear sterile fluid is injected that allows the surgeon to visualize the elbow in greater detail.
Once the elbow has been examined, the surgeon may decide to trim or remove damaged pieces of tissue, ligament or bone. This is done through the insertion of microsurgical tools into one of the pre made incisions.
Next, small holes are made in the humerus where a tendon graft will be placed to recreate the function of the original ligament. These new ligament will be woven in a figure-eight pattern through the holes in the humerus to ensure maximum stability and control. Any remaining pieces of the original ligament will also be attached to the newly formed ligament to provide strength.
The incision is then closed with either a stitch or sterile adhesive strips.