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Elbow Resurfacing

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Elbow Resurfacing

What is Elbow Resurfacing?

During elbow resurfacing, damaged or diseased joint surfaces are replaced with metal parts. Healthy bone and tissues are left intact as much as possible.

Also Known As:

  • Elbow resurfacing arthroplasty
  • Elbow replacement
  • Elbow bone loss surgery

Conditions Treated with Elbow Resurfacing:

Elbow resurfacing is utilized in order to treat avascular necrosis, post-trauma arthritis and osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the elbow.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Elbow Resurfacing:

Non-surgical alternatives to elbow resurfacing include steroid injections, pain medication and physical therapy. Elbow replacement and elbow fusion are surgical alternatives to the procedure.

Anesthesia with Elbow Resurfacing:

Elbow resurfacing is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Elbow Resurfacing:

Possible risks following elbow resurfacing include infection, bleeding, inflammation around the artificial joint, absorption of bone around artificial components, debris from artificial components and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience little to no improvement in elbow mobility.

Prognosis after Elbow Resurfacing:

The prognosis for a positive end result following elbow resurfacing is good.

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