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What is the elbow reconstruction surgery recovery time?

For most patients, the recovery period is around 6 weeks. After the recovery period, it is often recommended that the patients begin physical therapy. The chance of a full recovery is above 90 percent.

The time needed for complete recovery varies based on many factors. Some of these factors may include your age, health, and chronicity of the problem (i.e. the condition of the joint, and the extent of damage and repairs required). It is important to speak with your orthopedic surgeon about the specifics regarding the recovery process.

Although most patients experience no complications after elbow reconstruction surgery, as with any medical procedure, there is a chance that something go wrong. The risks are typically minor, treatable, and unlikely to affect the patient's final outcome. Potential problems include:

  • infection
  • excessive bleeding
  • damage to blood vessels or nerves
  • blood clots

Important things to know about elbow reconstruction

  • A bandage will cover your stitches and your arm probably will be in a splint or a cast, for about one or two weeks.
  • You will not be able to use your arm while your elbow will be immobilized in a splint or a cast.
  • You will need physical therapy with exercises to stretch and strengthen your elbow.
  • Physical therapy exercises may be painful at first. Typically, the pain goes away in a few months. You should continue strength exercises for about one year.
  • In about 2 to 6 weeks you will be able to return to daily activities without help.
  • Depending on your job, you can go back to work, in 3 to 12 weeks.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/