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I'm six weeks post operation from a radial head replacement. I'm having very slow progress with ROM due to pain. X ray is fine , it really feels stuck?

I'm six weeks post operation from a radial head replacement. I'm having very slow progress with ROM due to pain. X ray is fine , it really feels stuck?

Elbow pain: from a radial head displacement and surgery may take quite a wile to heal. Be consistent and vigilant with your therapy so the joint will not become "frozen' The pain will gradually decrease and the ROM may become close to normal. ...Read more

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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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How long does it usually take a radial head injury to heal?

How long does it usually take a radial head injury to heal?

Depends: If you don't need surgery then it is probably not a significant fracture and often we will let you use a sling and slowly resume activities as tolerated over several weeks. You really need an x-ray to determine best how to rehab this though. ...Read more

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How to treat a fractured radial head?

How to treat a fractured radial head?

Depends on fracture.: If the fracture is nondisplaced, you can be immobilized in a cast or splint for about 2 weeks and then be placed in a motion brace. If the fracture is displaced, the options are to have the fracture fixed with a plate and screws or have a radial head implant ...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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What causes congenital dislocation of the radial head?

What causes congenital dislocation of the radial head?

No body know : For sure how it happened, but we know it happened in the first 6 weeks or 8 weeks of the embryo life. ...Read more

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Two weeks ago I fell and fractured my radial head bone. Why doesn't it seem to be getting any better? Should I be concerned?

Two weeks ago I fell and fractured my radial head bone. Why doesn't it seem to be getting any better? Should I be concerned?

Probably OK: Most radial head fractures can be treated conservatively. As long as you have seen an orthopedic surgeon, and he or she recommended conservative treatment, then you are on the right track. That being said, pain can be present for 4-6 weeks of this process. Continue range of motion, and avoid heavy lifting or gripping to maximize results. ...Read more

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About Radial Head surgery. Had surgery over 30 years ago. Had 2 rotary cuff surgeries 2012 & 2013. MRI shows Radial Head in pieces. What are options?

About Radial Head surgery. Had surgery over 30 years ago. Had 2 rotary cuff surgeries 2012 & 2013. MRI shows Radial Head in pieces. What are options?

Replace or resect: If it is symptomatic, the two major options are either resection of the radial head or the replacement of the head. If it is not causing problem, you might not want to do anything with it. ...Read more