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Table 1 Advantages and disadvantages of Open and Arthroscopic Debridement

From: Treatment of osteoarthritis of the elbow with open or arthroscopic debridement: a narrative review

Surgery Advantages Disadvantages
Open -Good visualization of joint -Soft tissue damage
-Extensive debridement possible -Larger scars
-Larger working space -Risk of soft tissue contraction
-Most pathologies can be addressed -Longer rehabilitation
-Greater risk of infection and hematoma
Arthroscopic -Minimally invasive -Tight working space
-Smaller scars on the skin -Risk of injury to nerves
-Less soft tissue damage -Mainly dependent on surgeon skills
-Quicker Rehabilitation -Cannot be used in advanced cases of osteoarthritis due to nerve adhesion