Replacing Damaged Elbows
Two metallic stems are inserted in the arm bones. In most cases, they are linked with a hinge.

Replacing Damaged Elbows

A growing population of older adults may be partly responsible for an increase in elbow replacement surgeries for fractures of the bone near the elbow. Older adults are more likely than younger people to break a bone from a fall, including the lower end of the upper arm bone (called the distal humerus).

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    Ask The Doctors: October 2018

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    Download The Full October 2018 Issue PDF

    Agrowing population of older adults may be partly responsible for an increase in elbow replacement surgeries for fractures of the bone near the elbow. Older adults are more likely than younger people to break a bone from a fall, including the lower end of the upper arm bone (called...

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