Total Elbow Arthroplasty

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Evolution of Total Elbow Arthroplasty

There are different types of elbow replacements. The components can be made of different materials and come in different sizes. There are two main types of elbow prosthetic devices: linked and unlinked. In linked prosthetics, all parts of the replacement joint are connected. This acts like a hinge and provides good joint stability. An unlinked prosthesis comes in two separate pieces that aren’t connected to each other. This type relies on the surrounding ligaments to hold the joint together. There are pros/cons to each type and is best decided with your surgeon depending on the condition of the elbow and type of arthritis.

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