What Can I Do to Help My Replacement Elbow Last?

The longevity of prosthetic elbows varies from patient to patient. It depends on many factors, including your physical condition and activity level, as well as the accuracy of the implant placement during surgery. It is useful to keep in mind that prosthetic elbow joints are not as strong or durable as a natural, healthy elbow joint, and there is no guarantee that your elbow replacement will last the rest of your life.

Talk with your doctor about the following points and how they might affect the longevity and success of your elbow replacement:

  • Avoid repetitive lifting
  • Please consult with your orthopedic surgeon before you begin to lift anything with the operative arm
  • Avoid "jamming" activities such as hammering
  • Stay healthy and active
  • Avoid "impact loading" sports such as boxing
  • Consult your surgeon before beginning any new sport or activity to find out what type and intensity of sport or activity is appropriate for you
  • Think before you move
  • Avoid any physical activities involving quick stop-start motion, twisting, or impact stresses on the operative elbow
  • Avoid pushing heavy objects
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