Elbow joint is a complex hinge joint between the lower end of the humerus and upper end of the radius and ulna bone.
Elbow replacement surgery is comparatively rare when compared to hip and knee replacement surgeries.
The overall outcome of elbow replacement surgeries is not as successful as that of hip or knee replacements. The most common complications encountered are infection of the prosthetic joint, osteolysis of the bones. The reasons for the increased rate of complications are relatively smaller working space and the implants are to be inserted into much smaller bones when compared to hip or knee replacement. Most elbow disorders are managed non-operatively with oral medications or steroid injections into the joints.
The success rate of elbow replacement surgeries also depends on careful patient selection and thorough pre-operative evaluation.