Elbow replacement

Elbow replacement

Initially developed for people with rheumatoid arthritis, elbow replacements gained popularity for treating other conditions that damage the articular cartilage now most common indication being trauma and osteoarthritits.

Who needs an elbow replacement?

Several conditions may cause elbow pain and damage that may require a replacement of the joint:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic instability
  • Severe trauma with fractured joint surfaces especially in older patients with osteoporotic bones

Is it successful?

Although elbow joint replacement is not as common as knee or hip replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain and returning people to daily activities. Mr Negru performs regularly elbow and shoulder replacements with excellent results.

The majority of patients have experienced an improved quality of life after total elbow replacement surgery.

How long does an elbow replacement last?

You can expect an elbow replacement to last about 10 years. After this period, the components may loosen up and need to be replaced. A revision arthroplasty can be performed though results are not as good as a primary replacement.

Are there any limitations?

The main limitation after elbow replacement is a lifelong lifting restriction of not more than 2 to 3 kg therefore surgery is reserved for older adults who do not need to lift heavy items.

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If you suffer with an Upper Limb problem, you are in the right place.

I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon sub-specialized in the diagnostic and treatment of Upper Limb problems. Pain in the shoulder, elbow or hand can have a significant impact upon daily living and can restrict your ability to perform exercise and sports.
My goal is to provide a personalized expert opinion to ensure that you can benefit from the best treatment in the shortest time possible. Useful information related to Upper Limb problems can be found browsing this website. My practice is based in Gibraltar and Marbella (Spain) but I do occasional work in Bucharest and London. Read more

Mr. Marius Negru

Shoulder and Elbow Specialist


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