Stabilisation of Unstable Elbows

How does an elbow become unstable? 

Unstable elbows occur as the result of elbow dislocations.

What are the symptoms of an unstable elbow?

If your elbow has become unstable, you may experience pain and restricted movement in the elbow. 

What causes unstable elbows?

There are many potential causes of unstable elbows. However, common causes include suffering from osteoarthritis or suffering from an injury to the elbow. 

How does Stabilisation of unstable elbows work?

The first stage in assessment involves examining the elbow with the patient under anaesthetic and with an x-ray. If this confirms elbow instability, then an operation is performed to replace the damaged ligament with either tissue from the triceps tendon or by using an artificial ligament. Postoperatively the patient is in a plaster slab for 2 weeks and then a hinged brace for 4 weeks.

What will happen during my Stabilisation of unstable elbows?

When you meet with your consultant surgeon they'll ensure that you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your Stabilisation of unstable elbows, they'll discuss with you what'll happen before, during and after the procedure and any pain you might have. Take this time with your consultant surgeon to ensure your mind is put at rest. We know that having an operation of any type can be stressful so we've created a short downloadable guide that you might find useful to print off and use to write down any questions you may have. Do take this with you to your consultation.

What are the benefits of Stabilisation of unstable elbows?

The benefits of this type surgery are that the elbow becomes more stable and does not dislocate.

What are the risks of Stabilisation of unstable elbows?

Your consultant will go through any risks as these will vary dependant on the individual.

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