Elbow Arthroplasty is an orthopaedic procedure that is performed when other solutions to get pain relief and improve function in the affected elbow are not providing any relief to the patient. Elbow Arthroplasty is a relatively specialised orthopaedic procedure that uses specific implants to correct the damage and restore the lost elbow function.
Elbow Conditions for Arthroplasty
The below conditions could lead to the Elbow Arthroplasty procedure:
- Factures, where the joint is damages beyond repair
- Osteoarthritis conditions
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Infections causing instability
Diagnosis for Preoperative procedures
Arthroplasty of the elbow is typically opted for older patients. Imaging like X-Rays is taken to access out bone stocks and to measure for implants.
CT Scans could also be suggested to get a detailed understanding of the damage.
Elbow Arthroplasty treatment
The Arthroplasty could be done for either a total elbow replacement or a radial head replacement. The treatment starts with implant planning. Selecting the correct implants is important and depends upon various factors.
After the selection and preparation of the implants, the diseased cartilage is removed and the prostheses are implanted.
Recovery after Elbow Arthroplasty
The full recovery takes 1to 2 weeks and depends totally upon other bone and tissue damages. Complete immobilization of the joint is necessary. A sling or belt is tied to immobilize the hand.