Is the elbow reconstruction surgery efficient?

When it is performed by an experienced surgeon, elbow reconstruction surgery can be very effective in restoring function and comfort to your elbow. The biggest benefits are certainly the ability to perform basic and instrumental activities of daily living and to sleep on the affected arm. As long as the new elbow is properly cared for, including the avoidance of injuries, the replacement can last for decades.

The goal of elbow reconstruction surgery

Elbow reconstruction surgery is designed to restore the medial stability of the elbow. Full return to previous activities is the primary goal. Although it may not restore the joint to the condition it had before the disease or injury, the procedure should improve or eliminate pain as well as any nerve-related symptoms that may have been present. It's important to know that elbow reconstruction surgery is demanding and is best performed by an experienced doctor accustomed to performing this surgery at least several times a year.

Goals of rehabilitation

Physiotherapy is the key to successful rehabilitation and recovery after elbow reconstruction surgery. Optimal rehabilitation requires careful timing and progression of therapy during the physiologic phases of tissue repair, balancing appropriate tissue stress to increase motion without provoking pain and inflammation.

The main goals of rehabilitation after elbow reconstruction are:

  • to restore motion and strength
  • prevent complications of contracture and instability
  • coordinate treatment of the involved tissues through the progressive stages of healing


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