Elbow replacement removes damaged cartilage in the elbow and replaces it with parts made of plastic, metal, or ceramic for durability.
Also Known As:
- Elbow arthroplasty
- Elbow surgery
- Total elbow replacement
Conditions Treated with Elbow Replacement:
Elbow replacement is utilized to treat elbow injury, elbow pain and lack of elbow mobility. It can also be used for treatment of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis of the elbow.
Non-surgical alternatives to elbow replacement include pain medication, physical therapy, strength training and steroid injections. Surgical alternatives to the procedure include elbow fusion and arthroscopic elbow replacement.
Anesthesia with Elbow Replacement:
General anesthesia is typically used with elbow replacement surgery, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Elbow Replacement:
Possible risks of elbow replacement include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible for the artificial elbow to become displaced or for there to be no improvement in elbow mobility following the procedure.
Prognosis after Elbow Replacement:
The prognosis for a positive end result following elbow replacement is good.
Recovery from Elbow Replacement:
The total recovery time for elbow replacement is six to eight weeks.