Elbow Replacement Surgery is usually the last line of treatment that will be suggested by the orthopedic, when all other treatments like physical therapy and medications have not helped the patient. The elbow joint replacement is a highly effective way of eliminating joint pain, correcting a deformity and helping improve the patient's mobility (movement) in the arms. During an elbow surgery, an elbow is replaced with artificial joints made from two implants that attach the bone to the arms. The treatment is very similar to hip or knee replacement surgery. The new joints are prosthesis and can be made of plastic, metal or ceramic parts. Metals are widely used as they are more durable, and they can be cemented into the bones without any restriction. This is one of the major surgery hence hospitalization is usually required. The recovery period would fall for a month at least. Since the tendons are cut pain killers are a must. A series of physiotherapy exercises are also mandated assisting the patients in the movements. Elaborate works and Heavyweights should be avoided at all cost. Even though the artificial elbow can help in reducing the pain and assist in our movements, it can never replace a natural elbow as there will always be some restrictions in using them. Contact sports and physically draining works and lifting heavy weights have to be avoided for life as the replacement elbow might dislocate if not taken care of properly.
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