What is Elbow Replacement Surgery?
Also known as ‘Total Elbow Arthroplasty’, Elbow Joint Replacement Surgery is done to replace the bones of the elbow joint with a synthetic one. This particular surgical procedure is quite popular in aged adults wherein joints damaged by fracture are replaced. More than 90% patients who have undergone an elbow joint replacement consider artificial elbow a huge success. The elbow joint connects two bones- humerus (in the upper arm) and ulna (in the lower arm).
When is Elbow Replacement Surgery needed?
When the elbow joint gets damaged to such an extent that you are unable to move your arm, Elbow Joint Replacement Surgery is recommended. The major cause of elbow joint damage includes:
- Bad results from previous elbow surgery
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Post-traumatic arthritis
- Badly broken bone in the upper or lower arm near the elbow
- Badly damaged tissues in the elbow
- Tumor in or around the elbow
Who needs Elbow Replacement Surgery?
Candidates for Elbow Joint Replacement Surgery usually experience deep and severe pain in the elbow joint, difficulty in pulling heavy stuff, no relief from physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medicines, bracing and less invasive surgery.
Types of Elbow Replacement Surgery
There are different types of prosthetic joints available for the elbow replacement. At times, you just need a replacement of only one portion of the joint and sometime the entire joint needs to be replaced. There are three types of Elbow Joint Replacement surgeries available.
Tennis Elbow Replacement Surgery
Tennis Elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is the most common treatment available for patients seeking surgical treatment for elbow joint pain. It is caused due to small tears of the ligaments that attach forearm muscles to the arm bone in the elbow joint. During this surgery, an incision is made over the outer surface of the joint and thereafter the damaged tendon area is located.
Elbow Arthritis Replacement Surgery
Also known as Elbow debridement, Elbow Arthritis Surgery is a type of surgery wherein arthritis causes significant loss of movement. During the surgery, a 10 centimeter incision is made on the back of the elbow. Thereafter, all the loose bodies and bone spurs that are hindering elbow movement are removed. A fenestration is then made at the end of the arm bone (humerus).
Arthroscopic Elbow Replacement Surgery
It is a surgical procedure wherein a small camera is inserted inside the elbow joint. Small incisions are being made over the elbow and thereafter instruments are inserted to remove and replace damaged parts. Also known as “scoping the elbow’, Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery is a good treatment option for some elbow pains. This type of surgery is conducted to remove loose debris, bone spurs, loosening joint capsules and reviewing cartilage damage.
Total Elbow Replacement Replacement
Total Elbow Replacement is a surgical procedure whereby the functional mechanics of the joint are restored by removing scar tissues, balancing muscles and inserting a prosthetic joint in place of the destroyed one. After giving the anesthesia, the surgeon makes an incision in the back side of the elbow joint. Thereafter, the tendons and ligaments are removed, exposing the joint. The joint surfaces of the ulna, radius and humerus are removed surgically.
Benefits of Elbow Replacement Surgery
Elbow surgery is one of the most successful joint replacement procedure and most patients are happy with the result.
- It relieves pain and comfort.
- It improves flexibility.
- It prevents the risk of disability.
- You can participate in sports, exercise and drive road vehicles.
Cost of Elbow Replacement Surgery
The average cost of Elbow Replacement Surgery in India is $7000, which is 1/5 of what you’ll pay in the U.S.A. The cost includes patients stay in a private room for 5 days , medicines, nursing care, food and airport pick up and drop on. Also, the Indian hospitals have all the state of the art equipments to treat the patients.