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ELBOW FRACTURES


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The function of the elbow is to position the hand in space. Any fracture of the elbow is a threat to this functional motion, since the elbow rapidly and easily becomes stiff following trauma. For this reason, elbow fractures must be dealt with swiftly and motion rehabilitation instituted as quickly as possible.

MEDICAL HISTORY

The circumstances of the trauma are very important since that determines the types of fracture and ligament injury expected. The overall amount energy transferred to the elbow translates directly into how stiff the elbow will become later. Falling onto the elbow from several stories off a building is a different injury than bumping the arm against the doorway. All the information about the patient’s lifestyle and work is important in setting treatment goals and selecting between different treatment options.

EXAMINATION

The degree of swelling, bruising, and deformity indicates the amount of energy associated with the injury. The elbow is examined for range of motion and stability if possible. In severe elbow fractures, it will be too painful to try this with the patient awake. It is important to check for nerve injuries associated with elbow trauma by performing functional tests in the hand.

ADDITIONAL TESTS: The main test needed to evaluate an elbow fracture is just a basic x-ray. Only in select cases of more complex fractures is there value to obtaining additional tests. A computed tomography (CT) scan is the preferred test to reveal the pattern of fracture fragments in 3 dimensions. This may assist in treatment planning if the regular x-rays failed to reveal certain information about the fracture pattern.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

  NON-OPERATIVE SURGICAL FIXATION PROSTHETIC REPLACEMENT
CONSISTS OF Early range of motion exercises Joining together fracture fragments until they heal on their own Replacing the fractured segment with a prosthetic implant
FEATURES No added weight allowed Uses screws only, or plates and screws as permanent implants Metallic replica of just the radial head or the entire elbow
ADVANTAGES Avoids surgery; Treatment of choice for stable radial head fractures Provides stable fixation of fragments needed for early motion Can solve a difficult case where fragment fixation would have been expected to fail during motion
DISADVANTAGES Inadequate stability for almost all other elbow fracture patterns Open incision surgery; Some possibility of displacement prior to bone healing or failure to heal at all Man-made prostheses can loosen or wear out over time, especially with more aggressive use

RECOVER


  • Visit was pleasant and went smoothly. No complaints. Outstanding service. - 09/14/18
  • excellent! dr & staff! - 06/14/17
  • I appreciate the expertise and experience of Dr. Henry!!! I know I had the BEST hand surgeon!!! - 05/02/18
  • all excellent care - 07/12/17
  • Dr. Henry and his staff are amazing! I was able to get an urgent new patient appointment immediately with surgery that same afternoon. Dr. Henry does an excellent and thorough job explaining my injury and the healing process. Very impressed with his plan of early mobility and physical therapy, which helped restore my function back to normal within 8 weeks of surgery. I would 100% recommend Dr. Henry and his staff! Very pleased and grateful for his help. - 03/23/18
  • Dr. Henry was very informative about the treatment and staff was pleasant. - 01/11/18
  • The doctor and staff are the best I have ever had. Very professionalism at its best. - 11/15/17
  • Thank you for repairing my injury and being kind in the process. - 01/10/18
  • you were very good, thank you very much - 05/17/18
  • love the circus de sole dvd. everything was amazing. rehab was the best too. - 02/23/18
  • David, Luis and the staff were so helpful and answered all my questions. Highly recommend the facility for any hand surgeries. - 09/27/18
  • Dr. Henry is a tremendous doctor! - 05/22/18
  • very good team work, best clinic - 06/21/17
  • very confortable,Dr. Henrry very professional and very friendly staff - 12/05/17
  • Great Doctor and staff. Luis is a wonderful asset to the staff - 12/18/17
  • Dr. Mark Henry is a true healer; the finest most competent doctor I've ever encountered. I am forever grateful to Dr. Henry and the entire staff for saving my finger and facilitating my complete recovery with grace and seriousness of intent. Thank you. - 01/10/18
  • Dr. Henry gave me my wrist back!!! Thank you Dr. Henry!!! - 07/10/17
  • Awesome staff. - 09/25/18
  • no complaints hand is coming along very well - 11/06/17
  • The visit was good - 09/27/18
  • thank you - 10/16/17
  • Very efficient practice - 10/19/17
  • Awesome facility. Fast results. Thoroughly explained causes of pain, diagnosis and treatment. Staff wonderful. Facility is amazing - 10/10/18
  • Dr. Henry was able to salvage my hand to make it usable again. I have already sent my Father here and he no longer has any pain in his wrist. - 11/13/17
  • everyone was very helpful. - 10/02/18
  • great doctor - 05/23/18
  • Fantastic. Very helpful and considerate staff and manner. Very much appreciated. Fully recommend in for the future. Thanks, Andrew - 09/19/18
  • Great service and attention to patient needs. Staff was very attentive. - 09/17/18
  • Dr.henry knew his stuff. he was friendly but straight to the point. - 09/11/18
  • Dr. Henry and his staff are phenomenal. Dr. Henry has a gift for not only treating health issues extremely effectively, but he is extremely thorough and very efficient at communication and explaining everything he is doing and all of clearly outlining your options for future procedures. - 05/11/18
  • dr henry does an excellent job of explaining the problem and solution, seems extremely competent - 02/07/18
  • best place for treatment of hand and wrist problems. Dr. Henry was recommended to me by a friend who is a medical care professional. - 10/06/17
  • an experience beyond expectation - 10/06/17
  • Great job your staff is the best,thank you &GOD Bless all of you! - 06/15/18
  • Outstanding service and results - 10/30/17
  • every thing was really great - 10/19/17
  • MD was very thorough and spent a good amount of time with the patient (me). MD had good bedside manners which you do not see from a lot of doctors nowadays. He also made sure everything was understood and that I was given a chance to ask questions or address any concerns I had. Everyone was courteous and professional. Thank you for making mu visit a pleasant one. - 05/02/18
  • I couldn't be more pleased with the level of service I received while in Dr. Henry's care. The level of detail in which my injury was explained and resolved, and the level of competency that was displayed throughout the healing was truly outstanding. - 01/30/18
  • Great doctor and good staff - 10/10/18
  • Very nice staff and surgeon. Thumb looks good now after surgery, hopefully thumb continues to heal and stays healed. Thank you - 01/30/18
  • every body was excelent - 01/09/18
  • I was so impressed that Dr. Henry took so much time with me, explaining the whole process of my injury, what should have happened, and what we can do going forward. Thank you! - 09/28/18
  • outstanding knowledge and gets you into the hospital if needed the same. - 02/09/18
  • Great experience on every visit. Doctor Henry's work is fantastic and his explanations are thorough. I recommend him highly whenever the opportunity presents. - 09/26/18
  • The staffs here was GREAT!!!! - 06/21/17
  • very helpful. staff was very helpful and outstanding. Dr. Henry explained everything to me - 06/19/18
  • Thank you for sewing me back together and guiding me through my recovery!!! - 05/15/18
  • The staff and the Dr. are very helpful and understanding .I have not yet seen a better staff like this office . I will recommend any one here . - 11/06/17
  • the whole group was very good, I had an excellent experience. - 11/09/17
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  • With the severity of my injury I am amazed at how functional my wrist is with the amazing team work shown at the office. From the very start the service and care have been outstanding!! I can't thank everyone enough! - 02/23/18
  • I am really happy with my experience. I always knew what was going on and over time got to know the staff based on how many times I've been here. Most importantly, I feel I got the right treatment for my injury. - 10/19/17
  • Very happy I came here for the surgery, etc. - 06/09/17
  • The staff is nice and everyone is up on the treatment. I feel confident that I am getting the best care and am glad I came here. - 10/30/17
  • I appreciated everyone being friendly and professional and quick and competent at what they do. Dr Henry is straightforward and clear with no extra b/s and I was quite pleased with that. - 09/20/18
  • I was very impressed with how I was treated by the doctor as well as the Medical assistant. All my questioned were answered and I was treated with care and respect. Luis was Awesome! Doctor Henry was very informative. I will recommend him to friends and family - 06/09/17










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