The elbow is one of the most used joints in the body. When your elbow is in constant pain, it is hard to function in your everyday life. Each task can be excruciating, and it can be difficult just to get through the day. You don’t have to continue suffering. Instead, contact Dr. Miguel Ramirez for elbow replacement in Peoria, IL. Dr. Ramirez is a fellowship trained shoulder and elbow surgeon in Peoria, IL with special interests in shoulder and elbow reconstruction. If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic elbow pain, call our office at (309) 676-5546. We are happy to assist you in improving your quality of life and restoring the use of your elbow.
Who is a candidate for Elbow replacement in Peoria, IL?
Elbow replacement surgery is indicated in several patients:
- Rheumatoid arthritis patients with end-stage arthritis
- Primary Osteoarthritic patients with end-stage arthritis
- Arthritis related to Prevous trauma (post-traumatic arthritis)
- Severe Elbow fractures
What Does Elbow Replacement Consist Of?
When it comes to total elbow replacement, the surgery can be rather complex and therefore, it should be done by a surgeon familiar with elbow reconstruction. An elbow replacement consists of creating a 6inch incision in the back of the arm. The triceps muscle is elevated to gain access to the elbow joint. the elbow joint is resected and a stem is placed in both the forearm and arm bones. these are then linked with a polyethylene articulation that allows painless, smooth range of motion. There are several types of elbow replacements and Dr. Ramirez will discuss these options with you during your consultation. How to Prepare for Elbow Replacement
Outcomes of Total Elbow Replacement.
Outcomes after total elbow replacement are not as good as other joint replacement such as hip or shoulder replacement. The complication rate may be as high as 30% in some cases, and as a result, surgical candidates are chosen carefully to reduce this complication rate. Patients who historically have done well after total elbow replacement are typically rheumatoid patients that are low demand and have severe osteoarthritis. Patients who have less success with elbow replacement are younger, higher demand patients with post-traumatic arthritis. Dr. Ramirez will discuss your individual risk profile specifically based on your individual condition and lifestyle.
Preparing for Elbow replacement surgery
Undergoing any surgical procedure can be frightening. To relieve stress and anxiety surrounding your elbow replacement, be properly prepared. Make sure to do the following:
- Talk to your doctor regarding questions or concerns you may have.
- Notify your doctor regarding any symptoms or new illnesses.
- Eat a healthy diet and stay well hydrated prior to your surgery.
- Plan for a caretaker to transport you to and from surgery.
If you have any questions or would like more information about how to properly prepare before an elbow replacement in Peoria, IL, make sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Miguel Ramirez and his team. We are happy to share with you all the resources and information to help you feel confident in your decision.