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Elbow replacement surgery, or arthroplasty, can improve arm flexibility and alleviate pain.

Experience the Blessing Difference: Elbow Replacement Surgery

When you come to Blessing for elbow replacement surgery, you benefit from:

  • Expertise: The orthopedic team at Blessing has advanced training and years of experience performing this complex joint replacement procedure.  
  • Comprehensive services: We offer several surgical options, including total and partial elbow replacement. After surgery, our orthopedic rehabilitation program helps you regain mobility and function.
  • Advanced pain management: We offer a variety of pain management methods. These treatments reduce medication side effects while promoting a faster recovery and return to normal life.
  • Care that focuses on you: At Blessing, we treat our patients like family. You see the same familiar, helpful faces at your appointments and throughout your course of treatment.
  • Convenience: Blessing offers all of the orthopedic care you need, from diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation, in one easily accessible location.  

Do You Need Elbow Replacement Surgery?

You may benefit from elbow replacement surgery if you have one or more of these problems:

  • Severe fracture of one or more bones in the elbow
  • Arthritis in the elbow, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis caused by an earlier injury
  • Ligament instability that causes your elbow to easily dislocate
  • Elbow pain and stiffness that is not controlled by over-the-counter pain medications
  • Elbow pain and stiffness that persists despite nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy

Visit joint replacement to learn how we diagnose bone and joint damage in the elbow.

Elbow Replacement Surgery at Blessing

During elbow replacement surgery, you can expect the following steps:

  1. Your doctor removes damaged bone from the upper arm bone (humerus) and forearm (ulna).
  2. Your doctor places a prosthetic implant comprised of a metal and plastic hinge into the elbow area. Metal stems on the hinge go into the upper arm and forearm bones.
  3. This artificial hinge system allows for relatively pain-free arm movement.
  4. After surgery, you undergo orthopedic rehabilitation to regain arm strength and mobility.

Types of Elbow Replacement Surgery

Blessing offers the following elbow replacement surgeries:

  • Total elbow replacement: Your doctor replaces the elbow joint and parts of the upper arm and forearm with a prosthetic hinge implant.  
  • Partial elbow replacement: Your doctor removes only the damaged part of the joint and replaces it with a prosthetic, preserving most of the bone in the upper arm and forearm.  
  • Revision total elbow replacement: Elbow implants may last up to 20 years. Revision surgery occurs when your doctor replaces worn or loosened prosthetic implants with new ones.