What are the most common types of elbow surgery?
The most common conditions treated with elbow surgery include:
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Severe damage from arthritis
- Distal biceps tendon rupture
Not every patient with one of these conditions needs surgery. Some patients are able to recover with less invasive treatment options, such as rest and physical therapy. Dr. Weinheimer helps you compare treatment options and determine which would be most effective for your condition.
When do patients need elbow surgery?
Elbow surgery is necessary when the damage to your elbow doesn’t heal on its own or with more conservative treatment measures. You may also need elbow surgery if you’re experiencing continuous pain or limited function because of the damage in your elbow.
To determine whether elbow surgery is the right choice for you, Dr. Weinheimer performs a thorough physical examination and reviews your medical history carefully. He may also order scans of the elbow to get a closer look at the damage inside the joint. If he determines that surgery is the best course of action, he explains why the procedure is necessary and how it can help you heal.
What are the risks?
Elbow surgery carries risks like most other surgical procedures, including:
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia
- Excessive bleeding
- Postoperative pain
- Infection at the surgical site
- Damage to surrounding tissues
In some cases, surgery may not be successful, and you may continue experiencing symptoms even after your recovery period. However, as an experienced hand and upper extremity surgeon, Dr. Weinheimer knows how to perform these procedures as safely and effectively as possible.
How fast do patients recover from elbow surgery?
Most patients will go home the day of surgery. Most patients can resume their normal activities within four to six weeks, depending upon the procedure. Before scheduling your surgery, Dr. Weinheimer explains your expected recovery time, as well as the instructions you must follow while you heal. Following all these instructions carefully ensures that you recover from the procedure as quickly as possible.