Resection Elbow Arthroplasty: Expected Clinical Results

  • Peter Constantine Zarkadas
  • Gabriel Jonathan Tobias


Resection elbow arthroplasty is a salvage procedure indicated most commonly in the presence of refractory joint infection, typically in patients with an existing total elbow arthroplasty (TEA). Elbow resection is uncommonly performed or required, and therefore scant literature exists as to the outcome or usefulness of this procedure. Outcome studies suggest that elbow resection arthroplasty is reliable in eradicating elbow prosthetic infections, in reducing pain, and that the functional results of a “flail arm” following resection may in fact outweigh the reinfection risk with prosthetic reimplantation.


Elbow Total elbow arthroplasty Resection arthroplasty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Constantine Zarkadas
    • 1
  • Gabriel Jonathan Tobias
    • 2
  1. 1.Pacific Orthopaedics and Sports MedicineUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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