Elbow Replacement Surgery | MedStar Health

Our team of fellowship-trained surgeons have extensive training in elbow replacement and other upper extremity conditions. Our experienced surgeons offer the comprehensive care you need for an effective procedure and a successful recovery.

What is elbow replacement?

It is a medical procedure during which a doctor replaces your elbow joint with artificial implants to relieve pain caused by conditions like elbow arthritis.

What does replacement involve?

During the procedure, your surgeon will remove the damaged portion of your elbow joint. Then, your doctor will replace the joint with artificial implants, which are secured to your bones with metal and plastic hinges.

What does recovery involve?

After elbow replacement surgery, you may need to spend 1 or 2 nights in the hospital.  Your elbow will be splinted when you go home, and after a period of immobilization you will likely undergo physical therapy to regain your motion and strength. Our team we will work closely with you and your family to develop a unique recovery plan that fits your needs. With access to a multi-disciplinary team, we can arrange any specialty services you may need as you regain your mobility and health. Some of the following may be recommended:

  • Pain medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Elbow splint
  • Exercise therapy

What are the benefits of undergoing surgery?

The benefits of visiting us for your replacement surgery include:

  • Elbow pain relief
  • Ability to return to normal activities without pain
  • Corrected joint structure

Why is elbow replacement surgery performed?

It may be performed to treat any of the following elbow conditions:

  • Elbow arthritis

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Severe elbow trauma
  • Osteoarthritis