Useful in all arthritis which have failed other treatments.
Purpose of Operation
To provide a stable and pain free elbow joint. This is mainly a pain relieving procedure for arthritis of the elbow joint and rarely for complex fractures. Rheumatoid arthritis of the elbow is the other common indication for the elbow replacement. The implant that we use is a well tested joint replacement technique and is a hinged construct.
To reduce or alleviate the pain in your elbow. Pain relief is significant.
- Anaesthetic risk, Pain following surgery.
- Infection which may need antibiotics and may delay healing. Rarely may need re-operations. (Ask your surgeon)
- Unsightly scar.
- Instability or Stiffness of the joint.
- Neurovascular damage
Most people will have received other treatments from family Doctors or Rheumatologist such as:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Injection of steroids and other drugs into the joint and Physiotherapy.
Other operations available include making the joint solid and immoveable (Arthrodesis) or cleaning it out either by open surgery or through the key hole (Debridment). If the lining of the joint is very inflamed it can be removed through the key hole (Synovectomy). If you do nothing the joint tends to get worse over time. Your surgeon will advice if waiting would be harmful or make the situation more difficult to deal with.