Date: 19 Nov 2012


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Over the last decade, new arthroscopic and prosthetic techniques have radically changed the treatment strategies employed in elbow surgery. As it is difficult to clinically diagnose elbow instability, arthroscopic tests for determining posterolateral rotatory instability—which is the most frequent but also the least-understood posttraumatic instability—have been developed. The fact that instability leads to stiffness due to pain is becoming common knowledge, and surgeons should be aware that stabilization procedures are needed in order to achieve a pain-free and functional joint. The techniques used in arthroscopic instability evaluation and ligament repair are described in the article of Hollinger et al.

Burkhart et al. present their thoughts on radial head fractures. It is accepted that resection of the radial head in an acute trauma setting can potentially lead to a major problem with instability. In this context, reconstruction of the radial head using anatomically precontoured low-