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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 239-241

Total Joint Replacement In Post Traumatic Ankylosis/Instability Of The Elbow

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N. D Chatterjee

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Background: Post traumatic ankylosis/instability of the elbow joint is fairly common problem in our country due to inadequate, improper and delayed primary management. Methods: Twenty five cases of post-traumatic ankylosis/instability of the elbow joints (21 ankylosed and four unstable elbow) were operated in between 1993-2001. Baksi’s sloppy hinge elbow Arthroplasty was performed. Follow up period varied two to eight years (average 4.5 years). Results: In ankylosed series, 15 good, three fair and three poor results were seen, whereas in unstable series three patients showed good one poor result. Complications were noted such as transient ulnar nerve palsy in one, infection in two (one early and other delayed) and humeral stem loosening in one. Conclusion: The sloppy hinge elbow prosthesis appears to be very useful for total elbow replacement particularly in posttraumatic ankylosis/instability of the elbow.

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