In total elbow replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the humerus and ulna are replaced with artificial components. The artificial elbow joint is made up of a metal and plastic hinge with two metal stems. The stems fit inside the hollow part of the bone called the canal.
There are different types of elbow replacements, and components come in different sizes. There are also partial elbow replacements, which may be used in very specific situations. We will help to determine what type of elbow replacement is best for you.
Research is being done in the area of implant design in order to make the replacement components last as long as possible.
Because total elbow replacements are often needed by people with rheumatoid arthritis, a lot of research is conducted into joint degeneration in these patients. Many newer medications are available that help to slow down the disease and often avoid the need for an elbow replacement. There is no medication, however, that will turn back time and restore the elbow to normal, once the disease has progressed.