The field of elbow arthroscopy has evolved significantly since the procedure was first introduced more than 30 years ago. As our knowledge and understanding grows, numerous technical modifications have been made to improve the safety and efficacy of elbow arthroscopy. One of the most significant modifications is the change from the supine hanging position to the supine-suspended position with the use of a mechanical arm holder. Currently, the supine-suspended and lateral decubitus positions are the 2 most commonly used techniques. In this work, we discuss the history of the supine position, provide key points for proper patient positioning, and detail the steps of diagnostic elbow arthroscopy. It is our hope that this work will serve as an up-to-date review and summary of the most critical components of this procedure for emerging elbow arthroscopists.
Camp, C. L., Degen, R. M., Dines, J. S., Sanchez-Sotelo, J., & Altchek, D. W. (2016). Basics of Elbow Arthroscopy Part II: Positioning and Diagnostic Arthroscopy in the Supine Position. Arthroscopy Techniques, 5(6), e1345–e1349. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eats.2016.08.020