Elbow Replacement Surgery at Tampa General Hospital
Elbow replacement surgery may be suitable for patients who suffer from intense pain or lack of mobility in their elbow. Although generally only considered after other, more conservative treatment strategies like physical therapy have proven ineffective, elbow surgery provides many patients with a significant increase in function. The procedure can allow them to resume certain activities that they may have previously been excluded from due to an elbow injury or condition.
Some of the most common conditions that may require an elbow replacement include:
- Osteoarthritis – An age-related degenerative joint condition characterized by thinning cartilage around the joints.
- Rheumatoid arthritis – A condition marked by chronic inflammation in the joints that can eventually cause cartilage loss as well as pain and stiffness.
- Post-traumatic arthritis – A degenerative condition that may develop after a serious elbow injury, which may cause inflammation and cartilage loss over time.
- Traumatic elbow injury – A severe fracture of one or multiple elbow bones may warrant elbow surgery.
- Tennis elbow – Damage caused by overuse to the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow.
As a high-volume orthopedic care center that performed more than 1,300 joint replacements in 2014 alone, Tampa General Hospital has the expertise necessary to provide care for patients who require an elbow replacement. Our multidisciplinary team approach to orthopedic care has resulted in positive outcomes for our patients as well as distinguished recognition for our orthopedics program, including being named a high performing hospital for Orthopedics by U.S.News & World Report.
Patients can receive a referral to an orthopedic physician to discuss elbow replacement by using our online PhysicianFinder or calling us toll free at 1-800-822-DOCS (3627).