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Elbow Surgery

What types of elbow injuries might require surgery?

While minor injuries may only need rest or therapy to heal, more serious conditions might need surgery to correct. These are some common injuries that can be helped with surgery.

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Sprains or tears
  • Bruises or contusions
  • Bursitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tennis elbow

How do I know if I need surgery?

Your orthopedic surgeon will conduct an evaluation to determine your medical history and symptoms, a physical examination, and diagnostic tests like X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans.

Your surgeon will go over your test results and recommend the best treatment. If together you decide on surgery, your doctor will discuss the possible procedures with you and what they entail. 

Your surgeon will also consult your primary care physician to make sure you don't have any existing conditions that may complicate surgery.

What can I expect?

Elbow surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you won't need to stay overnight at the hospital.

Afterward, your elbow will probably need a bandage or splint, and most patients will need physical therapy to help maintain range of motion and strength.