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:
- 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.