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  AN UPDATE ON ELBOW JOINT 

Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2008 February;59(1):27-35

Copyright © 2008 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Total elbow arthroplasty complications: pitfalls, diagnosis, and treatment

Duncan S. F. M. 1, Sperling J. W. 2, Steinmann S. P. 1

1 Department of Orthopedic Surgery Mayo Health System Owatonna Clinic, Owatonna, MN, US 2 Department of Orthopedic Surgery Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, US


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Over the past 25 years there has been remarkable progress in the understanding of the indications as well as the expected results of total elbow arthroplasty (TEA). This has resulted in an increasing use of this procedure for an ever growing pool of patients who may benefit from this surgery. However, along with this experience, there has been a realization that the complication rate of TEA is significantly higher than that seen with hip or knee arthroplasty. The purpose of this article is to discuss the most frequent complications that may occur in patients who receive a total elbow arthroplasty and outline a treatment plan to manage each of these specific complications.

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