Elbow Joint Replacement
Elbow replacement surgery
Traumatic injuries and conditions like arthritis can cause severe damage to your elbow. In many cases, the elbow can be treated with arthroscopic surgery or noninvasive methods like physical therapy. However, if these methods don’t work or if the damage is too severe to consider them, total elbow replacement surgery may be necessary.
Elbow replacement surgery is a complicated procedure, but it may be the best way to reduce pain and restore the use of your elbow.
Types of elbow replacement surgerySurgeons primarily perform two types of elbow replacement surgery:
- Partial elbow replacement — It’s common for just part of the elbow to be damaged enough to need replacement. In these cases, the surgeon may replace only the head of the joint or resurface the socket.
- Total elbow replacement — In total elbow replacement, both the ball and socket of the joint are entirely replaced with an artificial joint. The surgeon removes the old pieces of bone and cartilage and inserts the ends of the new artificial joint into the center of the bones surrounding the elbow.
Risks of elbow replacement surgeryComplications during elbow replacement surgery are rare. However, every surgery comes with risks, so it’s important to know them before going under. Possible complications during elbow replacement surgery include:
- Blood loss
- Blood clotting
- Allergic reaction
- Ineffective artificial joint
- Altered arm length