Total Elbow Joint Replacement (Elbow Arthroplasty)

Elbow Treatments & Surgeries - Adelaide Orthopaedic Specialist

Although elbow joint replacement is much less common than knee or hip replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain and returning people to activities they enjoy. It is usually recommended for patients who have had severe damage to their elbow (such as a very complicated fracture or arthritis) which are not likely to recover fully.

To reach the elbow joint, your surgeon will make an incision in the skin (usually at the back of the elbow). After making the incision, your surgeon will gently move muscles aside to get access to the bone. He will then prepare the humerus and ulna bones, place the new joint, and secure it with bone cement. A padded dressing is used to protect the incision while it heals.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and total elbow joint replacement surgery at his multiple practice locations in Adelaide and Darwin, along with a wide variety of other elbow treatments and procedures. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their conditions. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.

This page was adapted from https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/total-elbow-replacement: click the link to read more about the procedure. To find out more about total elbow joint replacement or to book a consultation, contact Dr James McLean.

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