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Doctor insights on: Radial Head Replacement In The Elbow

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I have had 4 radial head implants 5th one soon only last less then a year. Im only 30 would it be a better choice to do a total elbow replacement?

I have had 4 radial head implants 5th one soon only last less then a year. Im only 30 would it be a better choice to do a total elbow replacement?

Not necessarily: It depends on the full nature of your problem. There are two joints in the elbow; the ulna-humeral and the radial-capitellar; a total elbow replaces all those where a radial head implant replaces only one part of the radial-capitellar joint. Why have you had so many failures? The answer to that question would guide the surgical decision making. ...Read more

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My dr wants to take out my artifical radial head in my elbow is this a good idea should I have it done

My dr wants to take out my artifical radial head in my elbow is this a good idea should I have it done

Most : Most radial head prothesis do not require removal. There are some circumstances that require removal. If there is intractable pain, or osteolysis around the prosthesis (bone being eroded) a removal may be indicated. I have personally only removed one prosthesis in my career. ...Read more

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I had elbow surgery and had a plate put in a titanium plate put in my elbow to secure my radial head and since then I have been very sick i've haven't felt good i been sick too is this what kind of allergy reactions to titanium allergy

I had elbow surgery and had a plate put in a titanium plate put in my elbow to secure my radial head and since then I have been very sick i've haven't felt good i been sick too is this what kind of allergy reactions to titanium allergy

Probably unrelated: In marked contrast to nickel. There are no clear reports on allergic reactions to titanium. The few reports that claim to describe allergy to the metal raise serious questions. In short, your symptoms are unlikely to be due to titanium. ...Read more

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My artifical radial head is loose n causing bone deteration what do you suggest i fell 8 yrs ago and shattered my dial head in my elbow now I am having trouble again this will b my 3rd surgery on this arm due this this im not sure i want to do it agai

My artifical radial head is loose  n causing bone deteration what do you  suggest i  fell 8 yrs ago and shattered my dial head in my elbow now I am having trouble again this will b my 3rd surgery on this arm  due this this im not sure i want to do it agai

The : The elbow, as you know from your experience, is a very complex joint(s) and in some ways behaves differently and is more complex than other joints. I.E risk of heterotopic bone formation (ho)

you have options but need to be evaluated very carefully and with someone with extensive experience with elbows. One option for example is removal of the implant without replacement. As with any option this has both advantages and disadvantages i.E main one being the radius can migrate proximally. You and your doctor will have to weigh risks of leaving things as is versus risks of complications going in again i.E ho, radial nerve injury etc.. ...Read more

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I had radial head plastic surgery over 20 years ago. Now I am having much pain and stiffness when lifting, pulling or if i hold elbow in bent posit?

I had radial head plastic surgery  over 20 years ago. Now I am having much pain and stiffness when lifting, pulling or if i hold elbow in  bent posit?

Complex: After 20 years it is unlikely that there is any complication of the surgery. Now that being said, there is always an increased likelihood of arthritis in areas after trauma and repair. But there are many other possibilities. The best is to see a local surgeon or check with your primary care md who can then direct you further. ...Read more

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I'm recovering from a broken elbow (radial head &coronoid). Does limited ROM in elbow/shoulder present a problem during a CBE at an annual gyn exam?

I'm recovering from a broken elbow (radial head &coronoid). Does limited ROM in elbow/shoulder present a problem during a CBE at an annual gyn exam?

No: The "clinical breast exam" should the same level of usefulness with or without the patient having a broken elbow. However, if there was a larger area of trauma, with swelling and injury into the armpit area where the tail end of the breast extends to, then one might wait until after healing that area, to do her annual breast exam. ...Read more

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I had a radial head fracture and i still have pain after 4 months. My elbow feels stuck. What should I do?

I had a radial head fracture and i still have pain after 4 months. My elbow feels stuck. What should I do?

It : It is recommeded that you see an orthopaedic specialist trained in elbow, upper extremity surgery. Stiffness after a radial head fracture is common. Other issues like scar tissue, incomplete healing of the broken bone and improper bone healing can also occur. ...Read more

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I have a comminuted fracture to the radial head in my right elbow. It's been 9 months and i'm still in pain. How long does this take to heal?

I have a comminuted fracture to the radial head in my right elbow. It's been 9 months and i'm still in pain. How long does this take to heal?

Radial head fracture: Heals in the same time frame as most bones in most healthy persons 7-8 weeks. Pain can be from the severity of the fracture and joint and tendon mal alignment, elbow ligament problems, joint stiffness , and a host of other issues. Speak to the treating physician. ...Read more

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Pea size bluish bulge above elbow. injured elbow 3 weeks ago, non-displaced radial head crack. elbow'd been taped tight for 8 days.is bulge worrysome?

Pea size bluish bulge above elbow. injured elbow 3 weeks ago, non-displaced radial head crack. elbow'd been taped tight for 8 days.is bulge worrysome?

Begin gentle ROM: With a nondisplaced radial head fracture, I treat only with an ace and sling. After ten to fourteen days with no change in position by Xray, I start the patient on gentle active range of motion. The important thing about radial head fractures is the prolonged immobilization of the elbow may cause permanent stiffness. ...Read more

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How long should I experience pain for with a nondisplaced radial head fracture of the elbow?

How long should I experience pain for with a nondisplaced radial head fracture of the elbow?

6-8 weeks: Generally it take about 6-8 weeks for this fracture to heal. Being over 50, if you have any osteopenia it may take a little longer. It is really important that you continue to work on being able to straighten your elbow! Do not let it get stiff in the bent position. You should work on the range of motion at lease a couple of times a day. Just let pain be your guide as to when and where to stop ...Read more

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What to do about radial head fracture and dislocated elbow?

What to do about radial head fracture and dislocated elbow?

Surgery: Radial head contributes to elbow stability and particulary in context of dislocation with fracture will require surgery to either fix or replace radial head to restore stability. There may also be coexisting ligamentous damage that may require surgical intervention. ...Read more

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I am still experiencing moderate to severe pain in my elbow 3 months following a radial head fracture. Is this normal and if not what coulha it be?

I am still experiencing moderate to severe pain in my elbow 3 months following a radial head fracture. Is this normal and if not what coulha it be?

Not typical: It is not typical to experience moderate to severe pain three months after a fracture. It is possible tou may have some inflammation present. See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can i refracture my elbow due to over overextension or overuse? I am about 2-3 months out following a radial head fracture. What would be symptoms?

Can i refracture my elbow due to over overextension or overuse? I am about 2-3 months out following a radial head fracture.   What would be symptoms?

Radial head: It is very possible. If your radial head didn't heal, healed incorrectly, or healed correctly and you hit it with enough force, you may have refractured. You should get an xray asap to confirm. ...Read more

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I have a radial head fracture and the hospital give me a splint 2 days ago and my elbow is in so much pain and stiff what shall i do?

I have a radial head fracture and the hospital give me a splint 2 days ago and my elbow is in so much pain and stiff what shall i do?

Get re-evaluated: They say two heads are better than one. Have a fresh set of eyes examine you. It could be that the swelling is causing problems (Volkmann's contracture?). ...Read more

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Have a radial head fracture by elbow. How come I have to have "aggressive range of motion" instead of a cast?

Avoid stiffness : Elbow is a complex joint that tends to get very stiff with prolonged immobilization so if the fracture of radial head is not displaced and stable then you only need to rest the elbow till acute pain subsides and then start range of motion exercises to prevent stiffness of the elbow good luck. ...Read more

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Foosh with dislocated elbow & cracked radial head. Elbow is painfree, but wrist pain is severe. Unable to supinate or pronate & have hand weakness.

Foosh with dislocated elbow & cracked radial head. Elbow is painfree, but wrist pain is severe. Unable to supinate or pronate & have hand weakness.

See hand surgeon: Elbow injuries of this type are often associated with wrist injuries...And if the elbow injury was concentrated upon, a more subtle wrist injury may have been missed. Inability to pronate or supinate is not normal...You need to see a hand surgeon.

http://www.assh.org/public/pages/handsurgeons.aspx

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Can a radial head fracture occur with a fall on a bent elbow with minimal pain and some bruising should I go to the doctors if it is, casting right?

Yes it can: It can happen that way, but is usually caused by a fall onto the outstretched hand.
If you have point tenderness over the outer elbow, or pain in that area when you rotate your forearm, it is likely to be a radial head fracture. The treatment will depend on the x-ray findings, your age and other factors. ...Read more

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Had a radial head fracture 09.13, no cast, or physio...Still in pain, new xray shows fracture still there-what's next? Elbow clicks, pain & gets stuck

Surgery: If not healed at nearly 3 months you need to alter the pla. Bone stimulation would one approach to delayed or nonunion. If displaced more than 2-3mm, angulated more than 30 degrees , thenn surgery should considered n, . ...Read more