Elbow replacement is surgery to replace the elbow joint with artificial joint parts (prosthetics).
The Elbow Joint Connects Three Bones:
⇒ The humerus in the upper arm
⇒ The ulna and radius in the lower arm (forearm)
The artificial elbow joint has two or three stems made of high-quality metal. A metal and plastic hinge joins the stems together and allows the artificial joint to bend. Artificial joints come in different sizes to fit people of different sizes.
⇒ You'll receive general anesthesia. This means you'll be asleep and unable to feel pain. Or you'll receive regional anesthesia (spinal and epidural) to numb your arm.
⇒ A cut (incision) is made on the back of your elbow so that the surgeon can view your elbow joint.
⇒ The damaged tissue and parts of the arm bones that make up the elbow joint are removed.
⇒ A drill is used to make a hole in the center of the arm bones.
⇒ The ends of the artificial joint are usually glued in place into each bone. They can be connected with a hinge.
⇒ The tissue around the new joint is repaired.