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Is it possible to do an elbow replacement?

Most people are familiar with knee and hip replacements. However, many patients are not aware that elbow replacements are possible.

Below are a set of x-rays from a recent patient of mine who underwent a revision elbow replacement. Most often I do this surgery for elbow arthritis or very bad elbow fractures that can’t be fixed.

Elbow replacements are a very good operation for providing pain relief and range of motion. Unfortunately, the biggest problem with elbow replacements is that they can wear out and become loose over time. Patients who have had an elbow replacement are advised not to lift more than ten pounds with their arm to prevent wear and tear.

Brad Carofino, MD Dr. Brad Carofino is a board-certified (American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery), fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder & upper extremity surgery. Dr. Carofino is an expert in shoulder replacement surgery, minimally invasive arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, and complex reconstructive procedures of the upper extremity.

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I enjoy sharing this story because it is a testament to patient's who are seeking a solution to shoulder arthritis who want to remain highly active. I am grateful for patients like Fred who give me the opportunity to improve their overall quality of life!