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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


  • David, Teresa, Luis, Joel, and Karen have all worked with me. They were all outstanding and I highly recommend them all. - 11/30/16
  • Thank you for the help. - 11/10/16
  • I have loved coming here and felt very welcomed by everyone! Thank you so much for all you do! - 03/10/17
  • very good at explaining how I should take care of my thumbs and always answered any question I had regarding my health issue I was very pleased with my visit and the care I got at both visits - 03/07/17
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  • Great detailed information. - 11/03/16
  • Amazing services and results. Unique experience - 10/31/16
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  • always outstanding service! - 04/12/17
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  • Staff exceptional and Dr. Henry is as well. - 11/15/16
  • Amazing Doctor and staff. - 11/16/16
  • Great work. - 02/03/17
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • Staff is always friendly and helpful. I will definitely recommend this office. Dr. Henry is a very skilled surgeon and went out of his way to make sure I understood my procedure and the rehabilitation process. - 03/24/17
  • Excellent treatment by the physician and friendly service by the staff. Will definitely recommend to friends and family. - 09/12/16
  • Thank you! - 03/08/17
  • Dr. Henry has the best verbal skills I have witness on a physician; and, I have been a physician myself for decades! - 12/01/16
  • Love the Doctor and his staff. - 02/08/17
  • Everyone was great and very helpful. Our family really appreciates the medical attention my son received from his injury. Thank you so much. - 11/01/16
  • Very knowledgeable about the possible procedures the could be preformed! Dr. Henry is a very honest person and I appreciate that in a man more than anything. He gave me truth and not what I wanted to hear! Thanks - 04/04/17
  • Luis was great as well. - 01/04/17
  • Great center with friendly staff and very competent physician. I would definitely recommend to others. - 10/20/16
  • great service nice folks glad I came to this office doctor was very cool - 03/23/17
  • Wonderful work no issues - 11/17/16
  • I feel very confident in Dr Henry and the direction I am headed. - 03/10/17
  • thank you for all you have done! I recommend you foranyone that is having any problems via hand wrist. Amazing surgon and doctor!!! - 02/01/17
  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
  • I gained full confidence in Dr. Henry and his staff as I progressed through my recovery. - 03/28/17
  • At every interaction with your office: consultation with Dr. Henry, day of surgery, need for prescription refills, all follow-up visits, I felt comfortable, welcome, and well informed. On the day of my last visit, I am very optimistic about the function of my left hand. Thank you. - 09/07/16
  • Fabulous I will be recommending to everyone I know that can benefit from the services provided. - 03/14/17
  • Doctor Henry was awesome! And Luis was very helpful and nice! - 03/20/17
  • The doctor was very informative and provided me with a solution quickly and I really appreciate that in this day and age. This is an awesome institution. - 03/02/17
  • Always a pleasure working with Dr. Henry and his awesome staff! - 10/07/16
  • Very professional - 03/30/17
  • Great staff, Great Doctor, Great surgery, recovery, and follow up. Thank you for the time and attention with helping me through the entire process. I felt very comfortable and safe with the entire process. - 02/10/17
  • Awesome staff.. - 09/26/16
  • very helpful staff - 01/16/17
  • Thank you for the hard work and excellent care. If ever I need this type of care again I will be knocking on your door. I've already recommended your services to others. Thanks Again! - 03/07/17
  • Great staff and speedy process! - 04/14/17
  • We have had the best experience here. The staff has always accommodated us and since Tyler is only 10, they always go out of their way to make sure we are comfortable. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Henry and his staff to anyone I know. Thanks! - 02/28/17
  • Thank you to everyone here with my surgery and healing process! I really felt comfortable with everyone on the staff and feel as though I came to the best place possible for my surgery. THANK YOU!!!! - 09/09/16
  • I enjoyed my visit - 11/14/16
  • great job! - 03/20/17
  • thank you, you all were very helpful - 03/03/17
  • Excellent care and service! I would highly recommend Dr Henry and his staff! - 09/14/16
  • I was very pleased with the entire process from first visit to last visit - 09/08/16
  • Mark is great and so is Luis (I would give Luis a raise!!) - 09/27/16
  • This was only a consult, but I felt that I was leaving with enough information and a plan on the next step needing to be taken. - 09/26/16
  • Awesome experience. Luis rocks! - 04/06/17
  • Awesome as always! - 10/11/16
  • I have never doubted I was in the best possible hands here. I cannot correctly express my gratitude. Thank you all very, very much for everything you've done for me. - 11/09/16
  • Dr. Henry and Mary in PT helped me get my dominant arm back in working order. - 04/18/17
  • Staff was very courteous and helpful. Dr. was very informative and easy to understand. - 03/27/17
  • great - 10/06/16
  • I am feeling so much better! My hands do not fall asleep and I do not drop things anymore. Yah! Thank you so much! - 09/16/16
  • Luis was very kind and helpful with all of my questions and concerns. He also assisted me with obtaining supplies for my brace and hand until I can get to therapy. - 10/21/16
  • Amazing people. Luis, Joel and Teresa, and Dr. Henry... I appreciate all of you. Your staff is outstanding. - 09/14/16
  • Great friendly staff - 10/28/16
  • I have enjoyed this facility and Dr. Henry has been more than helplful. All questions answered, as well as answers I didn't even know I had! The staff is always helpful. - 03/03/17
  • Everyone was kind and efficient. All things were clearly explained to me and I felt confident in doing my dressings. - 03/03/17
  • The staff was great. David was very helpful with my surgery scheduling and questions. Luis was fabulous when I needed help with changing my dressing. Joel was nice helping me with the undoing of the dressing. Great group to be a patient of. - 12/13/16
  • Dr Henry is a wonderful Dr. and I would highly recommend to others - 02/07/17
  • joel was also my assistant but everything was great - 03/07/17
  • Luis and all the staff have been great each time I've come in. - 09/22/16
  • Very pleased with the staff and Dr Henry during my treatment. - 12/15/16
  • thank you - 02/09/17
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • thank you for helping me - 02/03/17
  • I have enjoyed this facility and Dr. Henry has been more than helplful. All questions answered, as well as answers I didn't even know I had! The staff is always helpful. - 03/03/17
  • The Doc is awesome and his staff is on their game, the wait can be a little long but you get that when you are dealing with elite care. - 09/19/16
  • The entire team at the Hand and Wrist Center is outstanding. They made the recovery so smooth and comforting from the courteous receptionists, excellent occupational therapist, attentive medical assistants, and brilliant doctor. Thank you! - 03/31/17
  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
  • I was impressed at how fast I was able to get an appointment. The staff was very helpful and the doctor was amazing! - 12/08/16
  • Everyone here has been awesome. We appreciate everything you all have done. thank you! - 12/05/16
  • very impressed with the whole experience. - 02/28/17
  • Dr. Henry and each and every one of the staff we met exhibited a spirit of excellence in every area. From the first visit we were comfortable and confident that we would be well taken care of. - 09/28/16
  • Very pleased with everyone and the procedures I have had done with Dr. Henry and his staff. - 12/28/16
  • Dr. Henry did an excellent job on my grandmothers wrist. Staff is always very friendly and helpful. - 03/02/17
  • only wish I would have come here before having surgery done elsewhere. - 11/30/16
  • This was my last visit and I'll miss y'all. - 03/29/17
  • Very pleased with the staff and Dr. Henry. Would highly recommend Dr. Henry to my family and friends in the future. Love this place!!! - 09/07/16
  • Everyone is always nice - 12/14/16










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