I performed acute surgery that night on a patient with a large pus deposit in the upper arm near the elbow joint. The volume of the pus deposit was so large that the vessels and nerves were squeezed, causing paralysis of the patient’s hand and enormous swelling of the entire upper extremity (see figures). Using arthroscopy, I inserted drains into the pus deposit and drained the pus.
However, this was only the first, acute operation; in the second phase, extensive surgery will be necessary to finally eliminate the inflammation in the arm. Arthroscopy of the elbow joint can also be used beneficially to save the limb in such acute cases.