When Is Elbow Surgery Not Appropriate?


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Even though elbow surgery may be an effective way to minimize or eliminate elbow pain, your doctor may decide that elbow replacement surgery is not appropriate for you. Some reasons could include:

  • You have an infection or a history of infection
  • You don't have enough bone, or the bone is not strong enough to support a new elbow
  • You have injured nerves in your elbow area
  • You have injured or nonfunctional elbow muscles
  • Your bones are not fully grown or developed
  • You have noticeable bone loss or a severe decrease in bone mass (osteoporosis)
  • Your elbow joint has been previously fused and is stable, functional, and painless
  • You have rheumatoid arthritis and active/history of skin lesions (due to increased risk of infection)

Last Updated: Dec. 15, 2010 © 2011 Zimmer, Inc. (owner of site) version 6.0


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