Are you suffering from elbow pain due to Rheumatoid arthritis or joint inflammation or due to injury? Today, patients who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis go ahead with an elbow replacement surgery.
Dr. Sandeep is the best orthopedic doctor in Bhubaneswar available for treating elbow pain and elbow replacement in Bhubaneswar.
Causes of Elbow pain
Overuse of elbow joint is the main reason for elbow pain. Excessive use of the hand, wrist, or arm movements when playing sports, hobbies, or work responsibilities can also harm the elbow joint.
If the patient suffers from a broken arm, joint inflammation, dislocated elbow, golfer's elbow, osteoarthritis, fractures, and post-traumatic arthritis, the patient requires elbow treatment.
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Diagnosis of elbow pain
Dr. Sandeep Singh, Elbow Replacement Doctor in Bhubaneswar is one of the best orthopedists in Bhubaneswar who offers elbow replacement treatment.
First, he will conduct a physical examination of the patient, especially of the elbow joint, and suggest x-rays and MRI imaging scans, if required.
In the case of rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, i.e., degenerative joint disease, the patient's elbow is severely inflamed along with pain, stiffness, and loss of cartilage.
The patient will complain of stiff and painful elbow joint. In medical terms, the egg-white-like fluid, i.e., the elbow joint's synovial membrane, thickens and inflamed.
In case of elbow instability, the patient experiences frequent dislocations of the elbow joint. Injury to the elbow joint can also cause instability, i.e., the ligaments of the elbow joint are damaged and not in a condition to support the elbow joint.
If the patient experiences an elbow fracture, then the orthopaedic doctor may suggest elbow replacement to fix the elbow joint.
Elbow Replacement Treatment
The treating orthopedic surgeon will replace the damaged parts of the elbow with an artificial joint. The surgeon makes an incision at the rear side of the elbow and accesses the upper arm bone, that is the humerus, and the forearm bone on the pinky finger side, i.e. the ulna.
These two bones are prepared for metal implants and held together by a bone cement and hinge pin. The two implants of the joint are joined with a metal and plastic hinge.
The metal implants are made of chrome-cobalt alloy or titanium and lined with polyethylene, while the bone cement is made from acrylic, i.e., polymethylmethacrylate.
The elbow replacement surgery can be partial as well as total. The elbow replacement surgery is done in approximately 2 hours while the patient will stay in the hospital for a couple of days. The repaired elbow will be bandaged and placed in a splint for stability.
After the elbow replacement surgery
The patient will be on pain medication and rest. After few weeks, the patient can lift lightweight objects such as cups, saucers, dishes, and so on is permitted.
The patient is advised a physical therapy protocol to strengthen the arm and range of motion exercise to straighten the arm and enable its bending.
The patient has to be very careful and protect the arm from further injury by not playing contact sports, hammering, and lifting heavy things.
Dr Sandeep Singh is an elbow specialist in Bhubaneswar and has experience in successfully treating patients with elbow pain. He has performed many elbow replacement surgeries in Bhubaneswar.