UnityPoint Health - Madison

Elbow Replacement Surgery

Elbow replacement is a highly effective treatment option for patients with severe elbow arthritis or difficult-to-treat elbow fractures.

Signs you are ready for elbow surgery

  • Deep, severe pain at the elbow joint
  • Pain that keeps you awake at night 
  • Little or no relief from anti-inflammatory or pain medications 
  • Difficulty with activities that require raising the arm, such as drinking from a cup 

Patients are not candidates for elbow replacement surgery if they are in very poor overall health, have an active infection, or have uncontrolled medical conditions. Most medical problems can be stabilized to allow elbow replacement surgery, if needed.