What is elbow replacement?

In elbow replacement surgery, the bone surfaces and cartilage that have been damaged are removed and replaced with artificial surfaces, called implants, made of metal and a very durable plastic material. The procedure is intended to give you restored motion and reduce painful bone-on-bone contact.

Elbow Replacement

Total elbow replacement

In elbow replacement surgery, the damaged surfaces of the elbow are replaced with implants. One part fits into the humerus (upper arm) and the other part fits into the ulna (forearm). The two parts are then connected and held together by a locking pin. The resulting hinge allows the elbow to bend.

Is it time for elbow replacement?

That's a question you and your doctor will have to answer together. But when elbow pain is so bad it interferes with the things you want or need to do, the time may be right to consider elbow replacement.

You and your doctor must consider many other factors prior to surgery, including your age, overall health and bone density. Every surgical procedure has risks and benefits. Your individual results will depend on personal circumstances and recovery takes time.

Doctors may delay total elbow replacement for as long as possible in favor of less invasive treatments. However, if you have advanced joint disease, you and your doctor may evaluate elbow replacement for a chance to relieve pain and restore function.

When your life is dictated by the limitations caused by your painful elbow, consider speaking with an orthopedic surgeon about joint replacement. 

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Talk to your surgeon about whether joint replacement or another treatment is right for you and the risks of the procedure, including the risk of implant wear, loosening or failure, and pain, swelling and infection. Zimmer Biomet does not practice medicine; only a surgeon can answer your questions regarding your individual symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.