Your experiences with fractured elbow repair?
September 4, 2010 4:31 PM Subscribe
Two months ago I fell and fractured my right radial head. It's not healing, and surgery is now a possibility. Care to help me weigh my options?
posted by That's Numberwang! to health & fitness (3 answers total)
The radial head is the bone that helps you extend and rotate your forearm. It's at the top of the forearm, next to the humerus. Mine is busted. It has not healed and is still symptomatic -- i.e., painful, unable to lift anything heavier than a coffee cup, hard to grasp and pinch things. My orthopedist referred me to a colleague for a second opinion. That appointment is later this month. I would like to be armed (sorry, that was terrible) with a little more information before I go in.
Assuming that surgery ultimately proves to be the answer, AFAIK there are three options. 1. Plate and screws. 2. Remove the fractured bone and replace it with a prosthetic (just like a knee or hip replacement). 3. Take out the fractured bone and don't replace it with anything. Here are my actual questions:
Have you (or has someone you love) had any of these procedures? Which one, and were you/they happy with the results? Any pros and cons you can share? Did you forego surgery in favor of something else? YANMD and I am not asking you what I should do. I am asking what YOU did and how it worked for YOU.
I am a woman in my early forties and right-handed. Typing and writing are comfortable, but almost nothing else is. My first choice would be no surgery at all, thank you very much, but the continued pain and lack of healing make me think that this might be the way to go. I just want to be a little bit better informed before I commit.