Elbow Replacement Surgery at Middlesex Hospital
The most common reason for an artificial elbow replacement is arthritis, which afflicts millions of Americans. Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. A joint is where the ends of bones meet -- inflammation causes swelling, pain, and stiffness in the joint. There are two main types of arthritis, degenerative and systemic. Degenerative arthritis is also called wear-and-tear arthritis, or osteoarthritis. Any injury to the elbow can damage the joint and lead to degenerative arthritis. Arthritis may not show up for many years after the injury.
Joint replacement surgery is usually considered for a badly damaged and painful elbow joint. In many aging adults, the bone is also weak fromosteoporosis. People with osteoporosis have bones that are less dense than they should be. The weakened bone makes it much harder for the surgeon to use metal plates and screws to hold the fractured pieces of bone in place long enough for them to heal together. In cases like this, it is sometimes better to remove the fractured pieces and replace the elbow with an artificial joint.
The artificial joint replaces the damaged surfaces with metal and plastic designed to fit together and rub smoothly against each other. This takes away the pain of bone rubbing against bone.
When non-surgical treatments and medications alone are no longer effective, corrective elbow surgery is an option. The goal of surgery is to relieve pain and to preserve or enhance joint function.
At Middlesex Hospital, our orthopedic surgery department specializes in a variety of diagnostic procedures designed to carefully analyze your elbow injury or condition and determine the best course of action. We then help you navigate surgical and non-surgical recommendations and follow-up requirements. If your elbow requires surgery, our Board-certified surgeons and highly experienced orthopedic surgical team perform a variety of advanced surgeries, using the most sophisticated tools, customized materials and technologies.
Following surgery, rehabilitation plays a vital role in getting you back to your daily activities. At Middlesex Hospital, we customize your physical therapy program to help you regain elbow strength, agility and motion, and to promote healthy healing and a faster recovery. [For more information on rehabilitation after wrist surgery, click here.] And our dedicated team of caregivers help you every step of the way, from pre-surgical information and support to post-surgical rehabilitation and recovery.