Elbow Replacement Surgery

What is elbow replacement surgery?

Elbow replacement surgery replaces the elbow joint with an artificial joint (also called a prosthetic joint).

The elbow joint connects 3 bones:

  • The humerus in the upper arm
  • The ulna and radius in the forearm (lower arm)

The type of prosthetic elbow joint needed will depend on the condition and which bone is affected.

Typically, a replacement elbow joint is made out of high-quality metal and plastic.

There are different types of elbow replacement surgery:

  • Total elbow replacement, in which the entire elbow joint is replaced with a prosthetic joint implant.
  • Partial elbow replacement, where only part of the joint needs to be removed and replaced with a prosthetic implant.

Why do you need elbow replacement surgery?

Elbow joint replacement surgery may be recommended for:

  • Advanced elbow arthritis
  • Post-traumatic advanced degeneration of the elbow
  • An elbow fracture not amenable to fixation (in an elderly patient)
  • Persistent joint instability after significant elbow trauma (in an elderly patient)

What are the risks and complications of elbow replacement surgery?

Elbow replacement surgery is a complicated procedure. This is because the elbow joint connects bones, ligaments, tendons and muscle that move together with great precision to control the movements of the forearm.

Like all surgical procedures, elbow replacement surgery carries some general risks, such as:

  • Allergic reaction to anaesthesia
  • Blood clots
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection

Some other risks and complications specific to elbow replacement therapy include:

  • Blood vessel damage
  • Bone break during surgery
  • Dislocation of the artificial joint
  • Loosening of the artificial joint over time
  • Nerve damage during surgery

Why choose Mount Elizabeth Hospitals?

With modern technology, facilities and a skilled team of specialists and staff, Mount Elizabeth Orchard and Mount Elizabeth Novena offer quality orthopaedic care in Singapore. You can be assured of holistic care that lowers recovery time and improves success rates.

Estimated cost

Private healthcare can be affordable. Use our Hospital Bill Estimator to determine the estimated cost of this procedure. If you have hospital insurance, find out how you can use your insurance.

Our orthopaedic surgeons

Our bone specialists focus on optimal outcomes that get you back to your active lifestyle. Working as a team across the spectrum of care, we are committed to quality care and outcomes that are customised for your needs and goals.

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