Over 80% of all elbow replacements and over 90% of linked elbow replacements can last more than 10 years. After the set period, replacements of implants may be necessary. Despite 10 years being seemingly long for many, this is not the case for someone who’s in their childhood, teens, or young adulthood. Thus, the apprehension for orthopaedists to conduct elbow replacement surgeries in a younger demographic. However, if deemed completely necessary, this surgery would be performed nevertheless with future plans debriefed during consultation.
Excess stress on elbow joints through demanding activities will reduce the lifespan of your implant. Habits such as smoking will also impede the recovery rate. To attain complete recovery, one will need to attend physiotherapy sessions and appropriately manage medications such as painkillers, antibiotics and blood thinners. The frequency of physiotherapy sessions will vary according to your condition.
Your orthopaedist will be able to provide you with a bespoke treatment plan, tailored to your needs and requirements.