The Olecranon Bursa Drainage procedure is a medical treatment that can alleviate pain and swelling in the elbow. The olecranon bursa is a small fluid-filled sac found at the tip of the elbow. Pain may be due to inflammation from trauma or repetitive motion, or infection of the olecranon bursa.

How It Works

During the Olecranon Bursa Drainage procedure, an ASCPM practitioner carefully drains the fluid buildup from the swollen bursa. This helps to alleviate pressure, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain in the elbow. In cases of infection, the fluid may be sent for further analysis to determine the appropriate course of treatment.

The Benefits

The Olecranon Bursa Drainage procedure can provide immediate relief from pain and swelling in the elbow. This may allow individuals to regain mobility and carry out daily activities with greater comfort. By draining the fluid buildup, the procedure also helps to prevent further complications associated with bursitis, such as infection or chronic inflammation.

Procedure Details

During the Olecranon Bursa Drainage procedure, the patient made comfortable. The practioner cleans and sterilizes the skin around the elbow. Using a sterile needle and a topical anesthetic, the healthcare professional carefully punctures the swollen bursa and aspirates the fluid using a syringe. Local anesthesia may be used to minimize discomfort. Following the drainage, the healthcare professional may apply a sterile dressing to the puncture site to prevent infection. In cases of infection, antibiotics may be prescribed to further treat the condition.