Elbow Replacement

Summary

An elbow replacement is used to treat a damaged elbow joint. Unlike hip and knee joint replacements, which are performed thousands of times per year within the NHS, an elbow joint replacement is a more recent and much less common operation. Although the number performed remains small elbow replacement surgery is regarded as a well-established and successful surgical procedure.

Elbow replacement is surgery that can reduce pain and restore mobility in people whose elbow joints have been damaged. The damage could be from a disease such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or from a trauma injury.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.
    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you.

    Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our Reservations team can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant.
    Call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.
    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation.

    This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.
    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation (see what’s included below). This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

An elbow replacement is a procedure that is carried out under general anaesthetic with a local nerve block. During the procedure, your consultant will remove the damaged tissue and parts of the two arm bones, the humerus and the ulna that meet at the elbow joint. After removing tissue and bone, the surgeon replaces the elbow joint with an artificial one. The artificial joint consists of two implants that are attached to the insides of the humerus and ulna. The implants are then joined together by a metal and plastic hinge. Various types of implants exist to fit joints of different sizes.

After the joint is implanted, the wound is closed with stitches and a bandage is applied. Your arm may be placed in a splint to keep it stable, and you’ll be hospitalized for approximately two days.
Because an elbow replacement involves cutting skin, tendons, and bone, you’ll need strong pain medications after surgery. You’ll also need to take pain medications for one to two weeks after you’re out of the hospital.

You should be prepared to be less functional than usual for six to 12 weeks after an elbow replacement. For instance, you won’t be able to lift anything heavier than a cup of coffee for six weeks after surgery. If you live alone or lack available help, you’ll need to make arrangements for home help ahead of time. Outpatient physio will be required to assist you with your rehabilitation.

To find out more:

If you would like to come to KIMS, contact our reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

Our Consultants

  • Professor Bijayendra Singh

    FRCS (T&O) FRCS MS (Ortho) DNB (Ortho) PG Dip (Ortho)

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Elbow Replacement
    • Release of a Stiff Elbow
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shockwave Therapy
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Shoulder Replacement (Total)
    • Wrist Arthroscopy
  • Mr Keith Borowsky

    MBBCh (Wits) FCS (SA) (Orth) MMed (Orth)

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Elbow Replacement
    • Release of a Stiff Elbow
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Shoulder Replacement (Total)
    • Wrist Arthroscopy
  • Mr Jai Relwani

    MB BS FRCS (Tr&Orth) FRCSG MS (Orth) DNB (Orth)

    • Elbow Replacement
    • Release of a Stiff Elbow
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Shoulder Replacement (Total)
  • Mr David Rose

    • Elbow Replacement
    • Release of a Stiff Elbow
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Shoulder Replacement (Total)
    • Wrist Arthroscopy
  • Professor Amit Tolat

    MB BS MS FRCS (Glasg) MCh Orth (Liverpool) D.Orth FCPS Orth (II),  European Dipl Hand Surgery Dip. Orthop. Engin.Cardiff

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Elbow Replacement
    • Release of a Stiff Elbow
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Shoulder Replacement (Total)
  • Mr Dimitri Yanni

    MB,BS London – Guy’s, FRCS (England), FRCS (Edinburgh), FRCS (Orthopaedics)

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Elbow Replacement
    • Release of a Stiff Elbow
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Shoulder Replacement (Total)
    • Wrist Arthroscopy