Elbow Replacement

Total elbow arthroplasty (TEA) has changed considerably in the past three decades.

Based on the good long-term results with TEA in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the indications expanded to include management of acute traumatic and post-traumatic conditions in young, higher-demand patients.

Today, unlinked, linked semi-constrained, and convertible devices are available. Refinement of surgical indications and improvement in implant fixation, polyethylene design, component implantation, and pathology-specific implants will determine the future success of TEA.