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Michael K Phelan, DMD
(770) 271-0833
4530 Nelson Brogdon Blvd
Sugar Hill, GA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Edward S Middlebrooks, MD
(678) 513-8111
7360 McGinnis Ferry Rd Ste E
Suwanee, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1993

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William Howard Greenwood, MD
(678) 957-0757
1075 Satellite Blvd NW Ste 100
Suwanee, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1985

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William H Greenwood
(678) 957-0757
1075 Satellite Blvd Nw
Suwanee, GA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Edward Scott Middlebrooks
(678) 513-8111
7360 Mcginnis Ferry Rd
Suwanee, GA
Specialty
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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David Clifford Naden, MD
(231) 352-5292
Suwanee, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Yvonne E Satterwhite, M.D.
(678) 513-8111
7360 McGinnis Ferry Rd.
Suwanee, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Sports Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, Orthopedic Surgery
Graduation Year: 1987

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Paul R Ellis III, MD
(214) 823-5351
3890 Johns Creek Pkwy
Suwanee, GA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Veterans Affairs Medical Ctr, Dallas, Tx; Baylor University Med Ctr, Dallas, Tx
Group Practice: Lankford Hand Surgery

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Alec Nazih Elchahal, DDS
(770) 622-1177
3895 Johns Creek Pkwy Ste A
Suwanee, GA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Gary Alan Levengood, MD
(678) 957-0757
1075 Satellite Blvd NW Ste 100
Suwanee, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1988

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Artificial Joint Replacement of the Elbow

A Patient's Guide to Artificial Joint Replacement of the Elbow

Introduction

Elbow joint replacement (also called elbow arthroplasty) can effectively treat the problems caused by arthritis of the elbow. The procedure is also becoming more widely used in aging adults to replace joints damaged by fractures. The artificial elbow is considered successful by more than 90 percent of patients who have elbow joint replacement.

This guide will help you understand

  • how the elbow joint works
  • what happens during surgery to replace the elbow joint
  • what you can expect after elbow joint replacement

Anatomy

How does the elbow joint work?

The elbow joint is made up of three bones : the humerus bone of the upper arm, and the ulna and radius bones of the forearm.

The ulna and the humerus meet at the elbow and form a hinge. This hinge allows the arm to straighten and bend. The large triceps muscle in the back of the arm attaches to the point of the ulna (the olecranon). When this muscle contracts, it straightens out the elbow. The biceps muscles in the front of the arm contracts to bend the elbow.

Inside the elbow joint, the bones are covered with articular cartilage. Articular cartilage is a slick, smooth material. It protects the bone ends from friction when they rub together as the elbow moves. Articular cartilage is soft enough to act as a shock absorber. It is also tough enough to last a lifetime, if it is not injured.

The connection of the radius to the humerus allows rotation of the forearm. The upper end of the radius is round. This round end turns against the ulna and the humerus as the forearm and hand turn from palm down (pronation) to palm up supination).

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Elbow Anatomy

Rationale

What makes elbow joint replacement surgery necessary?

A joint replacement surgery is usually considered a last resort for a badly damaged and painful elbow joint. The artificial joint replaces the damaged surfaces with metal and plastic that are designed to fit together and rub smoothly against each other. This takes away the pain of bone rubbing against bone.

The most common reason for an artificial elbow replacement is arthritis. There are two main types of arthritis, degenerative and systemic. Degenerative arthritis is also called wear-and-tear arthritis, or osteoarthritis. Any injury to the elbow can damage the joint and lead to degenerative arthritis. Arthritis may not show up for many years after the injury.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Osteoarthritis

There are many types of systemic arthritis. The most common form is rheumatoid arthritis. All types of systemic arthritis are diseases that affect many, or even all, of the joints in the body. Systemic arthritis causes destruction of the joints' articular cartilage lining.

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Arthritis

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