Broken Elbow (cont.)
Broken Elbow Surgery
Sometimes an operation to repair a broken elbow is the best choice. This is
particularly true if there is an open or compound elbow injury.
- An open elbow injury means that one or more of the bones at the elbow has
come through the skin.
- The bone needs to be put in place, and to be thoroughly cleaned so infection
does not occur. This is generally performed by a surgeon.
Elbow injuries that damage nerves and blood vessels often need to be fixed
with surgery. The doctor (usually an orthopedic specialist) will
discuss the treatment options with the patient.
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