Question:For years I've had rheumatoid arthritis in my hands. I've managed okay. Now it's moved to my elbows. The pain is much worse than anything I ever had in my hands. Is there such a thing as an elbow transplant? I'm desperate.
There isn't exactly an elbow transplant, but an elbow replacement is possible. Most orthopedic surgeons who do elbow joint replacements will consider you for this operation if you meet certain requirements:
Not all surgeons perform elbow joint replacements. Start by talking with your rheumatologist or other primary care physician. If you have already tried other forms of treatment, ask for a referral to an orthopedic surgeon who does this kind of surgery.
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