Goal of Surgery
Elbow dislocation injury causes separation of the humerus of the upper arm, from the ulnar of the forearm. Damage may occur to the joint capsule, blood vessels, nerves and possibly involve additional boney fracture.
The elbow is a robust joint and dislocation usually does not involve surgery. If surgery is required, it will only be necessary to repair secondary damage like boney fracture or blood vessel or nerve entrapment.
Pre Surgical Planning
Gupta wil assess for either of the following surgical treatments necessary
- Fracture reductioin (ORIF)
- Nerve entrapment
Fracture Reduction (ORIF)
Open reduction internal fixation of the elbow requires Dr Gupta to locate the boney fragments of the fracture and, using a metal plate and screws, bind them together where they belong. The plate and screws will remain in the patient.
Cubital tunnel release is the technical name of the surgical procedure Dr Gupta will use to release pressure on the ulnar nerve which may become trapped at the elbow. This is a simple procedure with a very small incision used to identify and release the nerve.
If you are suffering an elbow dislocation and don't know what to do, Dr Gupta can offer advice or a second opinion if you are uncertain. Contact Dr Gupta on 02 9687 8344 or make and online booking here.
If you undergo ORIF of the ulanr or cubital tunnel release at the elbow, you will see little to no scarring. Dr Gupta is a specialist elbow surgeon with a back ground in micro-surgery. You will have one of the best at your service to to manage the smallest scar possible, despite your condition.
You should expect the following after surgery;
- Drowsiness, pain and a swollen elbow
- Decreasing pain over 6 weeks after the operation
- You will see Dr Gupta again about 2 weeks after your operation
- You should complete rehab with a Physiotherapist following Dr Gupta's Post-Op Elbow Stabilisation Protocol
- You will see Dr Gupta again about 3 months after your operation
Dr Gupta has a proven track record of successful surgical outcome and will talk to you further about your condition at your initial consultation. To book an appointment with Dr Gupta, call 02 9687 8344 or make a priority booking online here.