Total Elbow Arthroplasty

Published:January 09, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhsa.2018.11.005
      Total elbow arthroplasty design has evolved in recent decades. Indications for total elbow arthroplasty include advanced rheumatoid arthritis to osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, adverse sequelae of trauma, and unreconstructable acute fractures. This article summarizes the current evidence for total elbow arthroplasty, including the history of total elbow arthroplasty, an overview of the recent trends and designs, and current evidence-based outcomes. Outcomes are assessed for specific indications, namely rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, acute trauma, and younger patients. Complication rates, reoperation rates, and survivorship of modern prostheses are discussed. Technical pearls and pitfalls are discussed for primary and revision cases.

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