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Elbow FAQ


The pain of osteoarthritis is in my elbow has become too much to bear. My doctor recommends surgery to fuse the bones together. Sure it'll help with pain, but it seems I won't be able to do anything with the elbow after the surgery. True?


An elbow fusion will greatly decrease the motion in your arm. However, it does leave you with a strong and pain-free elbow. If you need a good range of motion in your elbow, you should consider another type of operation, such as an elbow joint replacement.

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