More commonly referred to as total elbow replacement, total elbow arthroplasty is a procedure in which a damaged elbow joint is replaced with prosthetic implants. This type of surgery is an option provided by North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic for residents of the Chapel Hill area who are experiencing chronic elbow pain that is negatively impacting their daily lives. We are a community-based clinic that offers specialized care for a wide array of orthopedic conditions, and our fellowship-trained physicians can provide the treatment you need.

When is Elbow Replacement Surgery Necessary?

When you undergo a consultation at North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic, one of our orthopedic surgeons will evaluate your symptoms and medical history and determine the proper course of action, whether that involves surgery or conservative treatment. A total elbow arthroplasty will be recommended only if the joint has been damaged to the point that the pain you are experiencing can’t be managed effectively through conservative therapies. There are several conditions that can cause this type of chronic elbow pain, including:

  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Joint instability due to ligament damage

Total Elbow Replacement Procedures

If you undergo a replacement procedure, stems will be implanted into the humerus and ulna bones and metallic pieces will replace each side of the damaged joint. They will be connected by a metal and plastic hinge that allows for smooth operation of the joint.

If you would like to determine if total elbow arthroplasty is an option for you, contact North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic today to schedule a consultation at our facility located near the Chapel Hill area.