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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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/31/2014

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