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Elbow Replacement: A Closer Look

A total elbow replacement is much less common than a knee or a hip replacement due to the fact that arthritis in this joint is not as common since it is not a weightbearing joint.


In total elbow replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the upper arm bone (humerus) and a forearm bone (ulna) are replaced with artificial components. The replacement is made up of a metal and plastic hinge with two metal stems. The stems fit inside the hollow part of the bone called the canal.


There are different types of elbow replacements, and components come in different sizes.  In very specific situations, partial components may be available.  Your surgeon will help to determine what type of elbow replacement is best for you.


For specific instructions from your surgeon, please visit the post operative page.


To discover some additional information regarding general discharge instructions from Krames Online.

Source and for additional information: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)