Total Elbow Replacement Surgery in Tardeo, Mumbai
Elbow is the hinge joint connecting the humerus of the upper arm and radius and the ulna located in the lower arm. The elbow ensures mobility and provides support to the hand.
However, if regular movements like straightening or rotating your arm become painful, it can be due to several reasons which need treatment. Elbow Replacement Surgery is one such treatment.
What is Elbow Replacement Surgery?
Also known as Elbow Arthroplasty, it is a surgical procedure wherein artificial implants connecting the anterior and posterior arm replace the deformed elbow. The transplant replaces the affected part of the humerus and ulna.
The prosthetic devices are metallic and may be linked or unlinked. Elbow Replacement Surgery treats malfunctioning of the elbow joint.
What are the signs that you need Elbow Replacement Surgery?
For someone having problems in joints, the symptoms are quite evident such as:
- Throbbing pain
- Swelling in the area
- Stiffness in joint
- Discomfort in movement
- Locking of joint
Why do you need Elbow Replacement Surgery?
Elbow Replacement Surgery is a requisite treatment in the following cases:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: According to NCBI, 20%-65% of patients experience Rheumatoid Arthritis in the elbow. It is an autoimmune disease, whereby the immune system attacks the joints of the body. It further leads to inflammation in the tissue. In mild cases, medicines such as antibiotics can treat inflammation. However, in severe cases, the surgery is conducted. The joint is completely removed to stop the inflammation from affecting other parts.
- Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilaginous tissue is damaged and bones rub against each other. Although less prevalent, it still affects people in old age. It may be the result of one’s lifestyle or any injury further resulting in fracture or dislocation.
- Fractures: Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilaginous tissue is damaged and bones rub against each other. Although less prevalent, it still affects people in old age. It may be the result of one’s lifestyle or any injury further resulting in fracture or dislocation.
- Post-Traumatic Arthritis: Post-traumatic arthritis is the consequence of any previous instance of lesion, fracture, or deformity of the elbow. Ensuing symptoms may arise after 2-3 years of the trauma.
When to see the doctor?
If the symptoms in the elbow aggravate, or disturb the day-to-day activities, consult your doctor immediately. Besides, if rare symptoms develop as painful cramps and difficulty in sleeping, get medical attention as soon as possible.
The doctor may conduct your physical examination by rotating the hand or performing exercises. Through this, the professional can notice the points of pain.
He may ask you about your medical history, whether you have any injury or have already been diagnosed with arthritis. To understand the severity of the disease, the orthopedic will conduct an X-Ray for assessing the condition affecting the elbow. Further, CT or MRI can be done if the images are unclear, although only in rare instances.
Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Tardeo, Mumbai
Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment
How do you prepare for the surgery?
After your orthopedic surgeon has recommended the surgery, you will be explained the procedure. If you are on medications for any other ailment or have undergone any surgery in the past, your surgeon will note it.
You need to take precautions 4-5 weeks before surgery. This may be based on your doctor’s prescription. Avoid high-impact activities such as lifting heavy items or profusely exercising to eliminate any subsequent injury. You may need hospitalization of 5-6 days pre and post-operation.
The importance of Elbow Arthroplasty is immense as it restores mobility of the joint. It can also expunge the chances of arthritis if diagnosed early. However, it can turn fatal if left untreated, such as in Rheumatoid Arthritis where the inflammation can spread.
Originally, elbow replacement surgery was primarily for people above 70. However, due to sedentary lifestyles, today’s youth has also become highly susceptible to the downside of surgeries.
No, you will not feel pain during the surgery as general or regional anesthesia will be given to you.
It will take three months or more to finally get back to your normal routine. During this period, you will be on medications or exercises to ensure mobility of the hand.
Yes, the surgery can have complications such as infection, nerve damage, wear and tear of implants due to the use of artificial devices. You may take antibiotics with the doctor’s permission.