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Reoperative Conditions Following Total Elbow Arthroplasty

  • Jeffrey C. KingEmail author
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Abstract

Revision elbow arthroplasty is a very technically challenging and demanding procedure. The nerves and vessels about the elbow may be scarred and may no longer be in their usual anatomic locations. The bone stock can also be quite minimal leading to difficulties with further implant fixation. Moreover, the soft tissue envelope is easily compromised about the elbow, and this can lead to problems with wound breakdown and infection. Structural allografts can be helpful in trying to reinforce thinned-out bone. However, in some cases the patient may be better served by resection arthroplasty, especially in many cases of infection.

Keywords

Elbow Arthroplasty Revision Complication Reconstruction 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Hand and Elbow SurgeryMichigan State University College of Human Medicine and Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, HealthCare MidwestKalamazooUSA

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