Elbow Arthroplasty

Elbow arthroplasty, also known as elbow joint replacement, is a surgical procedure in which a damaged or diseased elbow joint is replaced with an artificial joint (prosthesis). This procedure is typically considered for patients with severe arthritis of the elbow, as well as for those with certain fractures, post-traumatic arthritis, or other conditions that have resulted in significant pain and limited function.

During elbow arthroplasty, the surgeon removes the damaged portions of the humerus (upper arm bone) and ulna (forearm bone), and replaces them with artificial components designed to mimic the natural joint’s movement and function. The prosthetic components may be made of metal, plastic, or a combination of both, and are affixed to the remaining bone with cement or press-fit techniques.

Elbow arthroplasty can involve partial or total replacement of the joint, depending on the extent of the damage and the specific needs of the patient. Partial elbow replacement involves replacing only the damaged part of the joint, while total elbow replacement involves replacing the entire joint.

The goals of elbow arthroplasty are to relieve pain, improve mobility, and restore function to the elbow joint, allowing patients to regain the ability to perform daily activities and maintain a better quality of life.

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and considerations associated with elbow arthroplasty, and the decision to undergo this treatment should be made in consultation with an orthopedic surgeon, who can assess the patient’s condition and discuss the potential benefits and risks of the procedure.

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