Elbow Replacement

In elbow replacements each side of the joint square measure replaced.

The upper arm and forearm components (humeral and ulnar components) are made of both metal and plastic. The operation will be carried out using a general and/or a local anaesthetic. The elbow joint is usually opened from the back and the muscles moved back. The parts of the bone with damaged joint surfaces are then removed and the shafts of the prepared ulna and humerus have the components inserted, which are usually cemented in. Most designs have a hinge or pivot between the two halves.

If the arthritis affects only the radial head then a metal radial head replacement is occasionally used. This leaves the rest of your elbow joint unchanged. This may also be used for some fractures.

Advantages of Elbow replacement are

  • reduced joint pain
  • an improved vary of joint movement in some cases
  • improved quality of life.


Elbow replacements is very successful and most people are delighted with the results and the improvement to their quality of life. However, you should expect it to take several months before you get the full benefit and some people will have better results than others.

How should I prepare for elbow replacement?

  • It’s a good idea to have a dental check-up and get any problems dealt with well before your operation. This is because bacteria from dental problems could cause an infection if they get into the bloodstream.
  • No food for 6 hours, or drink for 4 hours, prior to surgery.
  • Please avoid smoking for 12 hours prior to surgery