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Elbow Replacement Surgery Cost in India

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Elbow Replacement Surgery Cost in India

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Elbow Replacement Surgery Cost In India

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Elbow Replacement Surgery Price USD 5,500 ( 7,475 Singapore Dollar ) No. of Travellers 2 Days in Hospital 2 Days Outside Hospital 7 Total days in India 9

More About Elbow Replacement Surgery

In elbow replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the bones are replaced with artificial components made from two implants that is attached to the bones in your arm. A metal and plastic material hinge could join the implants together. It is a complicated procedure that has moving parts that need to be balanced with great precision to control the movement of the forearm. Elbow Replacement surgery is gaining popularity among older adults to replace joints damaged by fractures.


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Types of Elbow Replacement

The elbow joint connects three bones such as:

  • The humerus in the upper arm
  • The ulna and radius in the forearm

There are different types of elbow replacement and come in varying sizes.

  • In some cases, only one portion of the joint may need to be replaced. For example, if the head of the radius bone is damaged, then an artificial head could be used to replace it.
  • In other cases, the entire bones may be needed to be replaced.


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Types of prosthetics available

  • Linked: This prosthetic material acts like a loose hinge as all parts of the replacements are connected. It gives good stability however, stress of movements can result in the prosthetic working itself loose.
  • Unlinked: It comes in two separate pieces that are not connected with each other. It depends on the ligaments surrounding it to hold the joints together which makes it prone to dislocation. 


Causes of Elbow Pain

  • Injury: This could be a one-off event like falling which results in:
    • Dislocated elbow
    • Fractured elbow
    • Strains and sprains
  • Wear and tear injuries: Certain repeated actions could cause elbow pain like:
    • Bursitis
    • Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
    • Stress fractures
    • Stressed nerves
  • Diseases: It may not be the main symptom, but certain diseases could cause pain:
    • Arthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Osteochondritis dissecans 
    • Gout
    • Lupus
    • Lyme disease


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Symptoms of Elbow Pain

Symptoms differ depending on the causes and patients could experience:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Stiffness
  • Limiting elbow function
  • Burning or numbness in arm, hand, or fingers


Diagnosis and tests for elbow pain

Physical examination of the affect area

  • X-Ray
  • MRI Scan
  • Arthrogram testing
  • Blood tests



Before Procedure

  • Complete physical examination by your orthopaedic surgeon
  • Performing diagnostic tests
  • Reviewing of your medical history and tests
  • If you have chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease etc, you must be evaluated by your doctor before surgery
  • Some medications like aspirin, arthritis medicines may be stopped
  • At home, make sure the things that are necessary are all placed on low shelves or within easy reach
  • You may also ask help from someone to do daily chores for some time after the surgery
  • Quit smoking as this will make your wound heal slower
  • You may be asked to stop eating and drinking hours before surgery
  • Inform your surgeon if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol
  • Inform your doctor of any cold, flu, or any other illness before surgery.

During Procedure

  • You will be given general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep and feel no pain
  • It will take about 2 hours to operate
  • A small incision will be done at the back of your elbow and muscles will be moved aside to access the bone
  • The damaged tissues and parts of the elbow joint will be removed
  • A drill is made in the centre of the arm bones
  • The ends of the prosthetic joint are glued in the place to each bone
  • They are connected with a hinge
  • The surrounding tissue is repaired
  • The wound is closed with stitches and bandage applied
  • To make your arm stable, a splint may be used

After Procedure

  • You may stay in the hospital for about 2 – 4 days
  • You will experience some pain, which is part of the healing process
  • Medications may be given to control pain
  • You may be assisted with a physical therapist to regain your movement and strength
  • You will need to avoid putting pressure on your arm for at least 6 weeks after surgery
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects as this could damage the prosthesis
  • Recovery can be 12 weeks after surgery or may take even up to a year
  • Follow-up will be scheduled.


Risks and complications

Risks and complications could happen on the surgery itself or may develop after over time. Most complications could successfully be treated like:

  • Infections
  • Implant problems
  • Nerve injury
  • Wound healing


Factors affecting the cost of elbow replacement

Other factors could also affect the cost such as:

  • Choice of hospital
  • Location of the hospital
  • Duration of hospital stay
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Cost for blood tests and diagnostic tests
  • Medical care

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Dr Sapna Joseph

Published Date
: 20-Apr-2016

Dr. Sapna Joseph consults patients and writes medical blogs for Vaidam Health. Through her experience of interacting with thousands of patients from different nationalities, she is able to bring excellent insights in her writings.

Besides her day job, she loves to interact and teach under privilege kids in her neighbourhood.

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