Elbow Replacement

Elbow Replacement
May 23, 2016

elbow-replacement-services-500x500“The term replacement is often correlated to knee and hip rather than this relatively less common and new replacement joint. This is performed on a patient when despite application of all treatment options the pain and mobility has neither reduced nor restored.” Says Dr. Gupta, one of the best surgeons/ specialists in the hand and upper extremity field. “The elbow joint deteriorates when it might be affected by conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fracture in the joint or malignancy in an around the joint.”

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After being in this field for past 20 years with AIIMS, Fortis, The Medanta Medicity and at present Max Healthcare as forte of diligent and selfless service to patients of upper extremity, Dr. Gupta has one of the most experienced and astute diagnosis regarding not only the medical condition of his patients but also their mental apprehensions.
Handling each case with compassion yet deftness and skill he asserts, “Elbow replacement is a complicated procedure where the damaged part of the elbow joint is replaced with an artificial part called prosthetics made of metal and plastic.”

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“Though there are complications that can affect the patient after the surgery yet the success ratio of the replacement rejuvenating the joint is much higher but only if it is undertaken by very proficient hands. It is my personal opinion after having given way to more than 6000 surgeries that conditions do not differ from patients to patients, it is the hand that treats and reshapes their damaged parts, is what actually makes a difference in their healing.”

FAQ – Elbow Replacement

Elbow replacement is the procedure of removing the damaged elbow joint and replacing it with artificial joint parts called prosthetics. The artificial elbow joint is made up of a metal and a plastic hinge with two metal stems.
The elbow joint comprises of three bones i.e. the humerus, the ulna and the radius. A cartilage covers these bones ensuring their protection and enabling them to move easily. Besides this the remaining surface of the elbow joint is covered with a tissue called synovium membrane which forms a fluid that eliminates friction as the arm is bent and rotated. The elbow joint is held together by muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Severe damage to the elbow joint can sometimes impair its motion and make the patient suffer extreme pain. This damage can be caused due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, broken bones, tumor in/around the elbow, stiffness in the elbow due to a torn tissue or tendon. These conditions lay down the basis of an elbow replacement to bring back lost motion and reduce the enervating pain.
Every surgery has some risks involved though not essentially so. But informatively certain complications that the patient should be alert or well prepared are allergic reactions to either a medicine or the replaced joint, some blood vessels just might get damaged or a bone might get broken during the surgery, the artificial joint might be dislocated or become loose in time.
As a prospective patient for elbow replacement you should inform your doctor regarding the medicines you have been taking, alcohol consumption or smoking habit or any other condition that could affect your treatment and seek medical advice from your surgeon regarding the same. The precautions that need to be adhered to after surgery include following all necessary advice that your surgeon recommends including wearing the splint and therapy exercises. You should also regularly visit your orthopedics and stay away from lifting heavy loads or do activities that might cause any complications, until you start using your new elbow.
After a general or regional anesthesia the surgeon will make you sleep and then a cu is made on the back of your elbow joint and the damaged parts are removed. Then the damaged tissues are repaired and artificial parts are inserted and glued together with the bone and the joint is stitched back. The surgeon then puts the arm in a splint to keep it immobilized.
There are partial and total elbow replacements performed according to the damaged and severed elbow joint and tissues around it. Partial replacement involves damaged part of the joint whereas total replacement refers to the entire joint being replaced by artificial joint.
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