A bursa is a fluid filled sac which helps cushion a bony prominence, such as the point of the elbow (olecranon). For various reasons, including infection, repetitive pressure, and gout, the bursa can become inflamed and swell up.
If there is no large infected collection, then olecranon bursitis can be managed non-operatively with compression bandaging and needle drainage.
If the bursitis is particularly painful or infected, then Dr Yu will recommend an operation to thoroughly drain the fluid and remove the bursa. This is performed through a small cut (incision) at the tip of the elbow. After the operation, the incision is dressed with special bandages which allow the fluid to continue draining from the bursa, and you will require regular dressing changes while the surgical wound heals.
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