Elbow surgery includes tendon repair, elbow replacement, elbow resurfacing, and elbow arthroscopy. It is performed by hand and other orthopedic surgeons.
Whether you’re dealing with pain or restricted movement, the orthopedic specialists at Dignity Health Southern California can help get you moving again. From the latest arthroscopic and minimally invasive procedures to traditional open surgeries, we offer high-quality diagnostic, surgical, and rehabilitation care from board-certified surgeons, doctors, therapists, and nurses.
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Why Elbow Replacement & Other Elbow Surgery is Performed
Your doctor may recommend elbow surgery for ongoing elbow stiffness, swelling, or pain due to orthopedic conditions such as:
- Elbow bursitis that does not respond to other treatments
- Elbow fractures that are not easily stabilized without surgery or are complex
- Dislocations that cause damage to joint structures, such as ligaments, or recur frequently
- Hyperextension, when there is ligament damage or the joint is unstable
- Loose cartilage fragments or bone within the joint space
- Tendonitis that recurs, is severe, or does not respond to treatment
The goal of elbow surgery is to reduce symptoms and improve joint function.
What to Expect During an Elbow Surgery Procedure
Your elbow surgery may take place in a Dignity Health Southern California outpatient surgery center or hospital, depending on the type of surgery. The size of your incision and the length of the procedure will depend on the reason you’re having it. Minimally invasive procedures usually result in shorter incisions and procedure times than open surgeries. They also tend to have less pain, faster recovery, and lower risk of complications.
Your doctor will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery and answer any of your questions.
Elbow Surgery Recovery at Dignity Health Southern California
Recovery times depend on the type of surgery and your overall health. Your doctor will most likely recommend physical therapy to help you recover. Full recovery may take several weeks to months. Your doctor will tell you when it is safe to return to your normal activities.
In most cases, your doctor may recommend limitations on future activities. Talk with your doctor at Dignity Health Southern California about what you can expect after your surgery, and let us know how we can best care for your needs. Dignity Health offers orthopedic surgery and procedures, including traditional and minimally invasive elbow surgery, in Southern California.