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Old underused elbow dislocations are not uncommon in our country. The advocated treatment has been excision arthroplasty, and open reduction having no place in the management of old, unreduced dislocations in the adult. Excision arthroplasty of elbow although gains hinge movement, loss of muscle power of some degree is unavoidable and a stable elbow for heavy manual work is rarely achieved. Open reduction on the contrary would not only gain active functional range of elbow movement but also provide stability, an essential pre-requisite of most of our patients who are manual workers. The present study assesses the results of open reduction in terms of range of movement, pain, stability and total functional capacity.