Radial Head Replacement

The goal of radial head replacement surgery is to replace the fragmented radial head at the elbow with a prosthetic one.

Goal of Surgery

If fractured elbow (radial head) is too badly displaced, or separated, it may not be able to be repaired and a radial head replacement may be necessary.

The goal of radial head replacement surgery is to replace the fragmented radial head at the elbow with a prosthetic one.

Pre-Surgical Planning

Dr Gupta will choose between radial head prosthesis composition;

  • Cobalt chrome, heavier with longer clinical data
  • Pyrocarbon, lighter with strong recent results

Radial Head Replacement

Your elbow is opened from the front side of your forearm and the fractured radial head is removed. Depending on the selected prosthesis, your broken radius will be sized and an artificial one put back in its place.

If you are suffering a broken elbow and don't know what to do, contact Dr Gupta on 02 9687 8344 or make an online booking here.

Surgical Scarring

There's no easy way to remove the broken radial head from the elbow without making an incision about the same size as your elbow or a little larger. 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.

Post Surgery

You should expect the following after surgery;

  • Drowsy and swollen
  • Strong pain, decreasing 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 Radial Head Repalcement 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.