Total elbow replacement
Patients suffering from severe pain and stiffness from degenerative or rheumatoid arthritis of the elbow may benefit from total elbow replacement (TEA). In this procedure, the degenerated joint surfaces at the lower and the upper arm bone (humerus) and the top part of one of the lower arm bones (ulna) are replaced with artificial joint surfaces made of special metal and plastic, usually with a hinge joining them together. The operation usually results in excellent pain relief and return of function, although heavy lifting and vigorous sports are discouraged. Dr. Barr is one of the few sugeons in Southern Maine who is trained and experienced in this complex surgery.