Elbow Joint Replacement Surgery

Elbow arthroplasty, also known as elbow joint replacement surgery, is an orthopaedic surgical procedure. This procedure is a very uncommon treatment.

The elbow consists of three bones; the humerus, the ulna and the radius. The elbow joint is where the humerus and ulna meet to form a hinge.

Arthroplastic treatment restores the functionality of a joint. The orthopaedic surgeon either inserts a partial prosthesis into the surface of the joint or completely replaces it. Simply put, an arthroplasty replaces, remodels and realigns the bone of a damaged joint.


Arthroplasty is an effective treatment for a series of conditions that impair the joint.

Conditions include; a substantial injury (shattered bone) that makes restoring the bone impossible. Further, patients who are suffering from inflammatory arthritis. Lastly, it is becoming more common as a treatment for fractured joints in ageing adults.


Preceding the surgery, a complete physical examination is carried out.

The prosthesis (two pieces are used for the elbow) mainly consists of metal and plastic. They usually replace the lower end of the humerus, as well as the upper end of the ulna. The prosthesis used have a smooth surface that restores the elbow’s ability to bend and straighten easily.

The duration of an operation, with the subsequent recovery time, varies based on the extent of damage to the joint and the physical condition of each patient.

What to consider

Patients who have undergone arthroplasty have major pain improvement. They can perform activities comfortably, such as dressing, washing and even sports. This treatment is recommended when non-surgical methods fail. Arthroplasty can lead to a better quality of life.

Arthroplastic treatment is performed at Ygia Polyclinic Private Hospital by Dr. med. Stephen Josephides.