If you have an elbow injury or condition, your doctor may recommend surgery. At Dignity Health North State, our orthopedic team provides a range of orthopedic surgeries and procedures, including elbow surgery, in Northern California. We use the latest tools and techniques to provide a wide range of elbow procedures, including tendon repair, elbow resurfacing, elbow arthroscopy, and elbow replacement. Find a Doctor to learn more about elbow surgery.
When is Elbow Surgery Necessary?
Elbow surgery helps relieve persistent elbow swelling, pain, or stiffness due to:
- Bursitis that does not respond to more conservative treatments
- Tendonitis that recurs or does not respond to other treatments
- Hyperextension when there is ligament damage or the joint is unstable
- Dislocations that cause damage to joint structures or recur over time
- Fractures that are not easily stabilized without surgery or are complex
- Arthritis that doesn’t respond to conservative treatments
- Loose cartilage fragments or bone within the joint space
Elbow Surgery at Dignity Health North State
Your elbow surgery may take place in a Dignity Health North State hospital or medical center. The extent of your surgery will depend on your specific condition and procedure. For some conditions, a minimally invasive procedure may be available. Others may require open surgery with a larger incision.
Minimally invasive approaches typically involve shorter procedure times, less pain, a lower risk of complications, and a faster recovery than open surgery.
Talk with your doctor about your options. They will explain the risks and benefits of each procedure to you.
Recovery After Elbow Surgery
Your overall recovery time will depend on your general health and they type of elbow surgery involved. Some procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you go home the same day. Your doctor may suggest physical therapy to help you recover. Full recovery can take up to a year depending on your particular elbow condition.
In most cases, elbow surgery reduces symptoms and improves joint function. Your doctor will let you know when you can return to your normal activities, however they may recommend limitations on future activities, if necessary.
Your Dignity Health North State doctor will tell you about what you can expect after surgery, and will help you through every step of your recovery with compassion, respect, and humankindness.
Dignity Health North State offers expertise in elbow surgery procedures in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.