Although total elbow replacement isn’t nearly as common as knee or hip replacement, the surgery does result in pain relief and return to regular activity.
The elbow joint is at the junction of three arm bones – the humerus, ulna, and radius. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments basically hold everything together.
Medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or severe fractures can lead to inflammation, pain, and instability. A partial or total elbow replacement may provide relief.
During elbow replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the ulna and humerus bones are replaced with artificial stems. The artificial elbow joint itself is made of metal, with a plastic hinge.
The highly-skilled and experienced surgeons at Texas Orthopedic Hospital provide symptom evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of elbow pain.