Advances in Elbow Replacement

Better implants can ease pain and improve mobility, but consider this surgery only after youve tried other therapies.

Elbow replacements dont enjoy the popularity of their hip and knee counterparts, but theyre no less appreciated by the people who receive them. This relatively uncommon surgery can relieve pain and restore mobility to an elbow decimated by acute injury, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or other inflammatory conditions. "People come in and often cant get their hand to their mouth, but after surgery theyre feeding themselves," says Peter Evans, MD, PhD, Director of Cleveland Clinics Upper Extremity Center. "The procedure really is life-changing."
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