What Is Elbow Replacement Surgery And When It Is Used?

  October 16th 2019    
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Elbow replacement surgery or elbow arthroplasty is a really complex procedure because the elbow has multiple or various moving parts that balance each other with great precision to control the movements of our forearm.
Elbow can be damaged by multiple problems which may range from rheumatoid arthritis to traumatic fractures. In some cases, usually the damage of elbow can be surgically repaired. But if the damage is extensive, than your doctor might recommend you elbow replacement surgery. Pain is the most common reason that people choose to have elbow replacement surgery.
Elbow replacement surgery is a successful treatment for arthritis, including osteoarthritis which is degenerative “wear and tear” on the joint, rheumatoid arthritis that is chronic inflammatory joint disorder, and other conditions that cause severe elbow pain and injury.

Aim of elbow replacement surgery:

The goal of elbow replacement surgery is to replace the damaged joint surfaces with prosthetic ones. The type of prosthesis selected will depend on the patient’s age and how much of the joint is affected.

Types of elbow replacement surgery:

There are some cases in which you may need a replacement of just one portion of your elbow joint. For example, if only the head of one of your forearm bones; radius is damaged, than it can be replaced with an artificial head. And if the entire elbow joint needs to be replaced, the ends of the bones that come together in the elbow will be removed. Bones are hard tubes like structures that contain a soft center. Into the softer central part of the bones, the long, slender ends of the artificial joint are inserted.
There are two main types of prosthetic devices available for elbow replacement surgery:
• Linked; this type of prosthesis acts somewhat like a loose hinge because all the parts of the replacement joint are connected to this prosthesis. This in turn provides good joint stability, but the stresses of movement can sometimes result in the prosthesis working itself loose from where it’s inserted into the arm bones.
• Unlinked; this type of device comes in two separate pieces that aren’t connected to each other. This design depends on the surrounding ligaments to help hold the joint together, which can make it more prone to dislocation.

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