About Elbow Replacement
Arthritis, Fracture May Lead to Need for Elbow Replacement
Elbow pain and stiffness often come from arthritis, in which the cartilage of the joint is damaged. A serious fracture of one or more bones in your elbow can also lead to pain and limited movement. Some fractures are difficult to repair and may not heal properly, which can also lead to arthritis. Other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can lead to joint destruction requiring elbow replacement.
What to Expect
Elbow replacement surgery preserves movement and limited function in the elbow joint. However, it does not return your elbow to its original strength and mobility, and people have ongoing limitations on how much they can lift with the affected arm. For that reason, doctors may not recommend it for younger, more active people.