Current Status of TEA Evaluation and current status of elbow joint replacement

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Today total elbow implant design concepts are termed either linked (coupled or unlinked). Either linkage system is further defined as possessing more or less constraint at the articular interface. Both the linked and the unlinked total elbow designs have proven reliable for the management of inflammatory arthritis. Satisfactory outcomes in approximately 90% of patients is dependent more on the degree of constraint than on whether the articulation is coupled or uncoupled. The linked implants are selectively preferred for the management of posttraumatic and revision conditions. Reliable treatment of distal humeral C-3 comminuted fractures is the fastest growing indication for the linked device with satisfactory outcomes being reported from numerous investigators averaging approximately 95% at 5 years. Overall the complication rate of total elbow arthroplasty remains at approximately 20%, however, only approximately half of these will have a problem that compromises outcome. The current designs of total elbow arthroplasty have proven to be an effective means of managing a spectrum of elbow pathology. The expected outcome is, however, directly, related to implant design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-144
Number of pages14
JournalMinerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Arthroplasty, replacement
  • Elbow joint
  • Joint prosthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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