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.