Although elbow joint replacement is much less common than knee or hip replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain and returning people to activities they enjoy.
In total elbow replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the humerus and ulna are replaced with artificial components. The artificial elbow joint is made up of a metal and plastic hinge with two metal stems. The stems fit inside the hollow part of the bone. There are different types of elbow replacements, and components come in different sizes. There is also partial elbow replacement, which may be used in very specific situations. A discussion with your doctor will help to determine what type of elbow replacement is best for you.