What is Elbow Replacement?
A diseased elbow joint is replaced with an artificial joint in Elbow replacement surgical procedure. While medications, physical therapy, etc can be effective in a number of cases, certain situations necessitate an elbow replacement. It is never the very first line of treatment, but when done, the aim of surgery is to successfully get rid of pain and to effectively improve mobility to a small extent.
Causes Of Elbow Pain & Disability –
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Post Traumatic Arthritis
- Severe Fracture
There Are Different Sorts Of Elbow Replacements
- Total Elbow Replacement
- Partial Elbow Replacement
The injured parts of the humerus and ulna are effectively replaced with artificial components in Total Elbow Replacement surgery. A metal and plastic hinge with two metal stems is used to make the artificial elbow joint. The canal which is the hollow part of the bone is fitted with stems. Your doctor will assist you to determine which type of elbow replacement best suits you.