Complications of total elbow replacement: A systematic review
Ilya Voloshin, David W. Schippert, Sanjeev Kakar, Elizabeth Krall Kaye, Bernard F. Morrey
Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery - January 2011 (Vol. 20, Issue 1, Pages 158-168, DOI: 10.1016/j.jse.2010.08.026)
Total elbow arthroplasty (TEA) is becoming an increasingly popular reconstructive procedure. Improved surgical techniques, newer implant designs, and improving clinical results have each contributed to the rise in prevalence of this surgical intervention.The most common indication remains rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, with the advent of semi-constrained prostheses, the indications have expanded to include post-traumatic sequelae such as instability and arthritis, as well as acute comminuted distal humerus fractures in the elderly.
The rate of complications following TEA, ranging from 20% to 45%, is higher than in other large joint replacements.