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Surgical Technique of Debridement Arthroplasty of the Elbow Through Medial/Trans-flexor Approach

Shafi, Mohamed MS (Orth); Hattori, Yasunori MD, PhD; Doi, Kazuteru MD, PhD

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: September 2009 - Volume 13 - Issue 3 - p 151-154
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e3181ac950b

Debridement arthroplasty of the elbow arthritis provides good mobility and relief of pain. The operative management of elbow arthritis requires a thorough physical examination, sufficient imaging, preoperative planning, and meticulous surgical technique. The principle of the joint debridement is to remove the osteophytes, which restrict elbow motion, and to release the contracted capsule to improve joint motion and to decrease pain. Open debridement of elbow arthritis has been reported through medial, lateral, and posterior (transolecranon fossa) approaches. In this article, we describe our technique of open debridement arthroplasty of the elbow through medial/trans-flexor approach in detail.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Ogori Daiichi General Hospital and Yamaguchi University School of Medicine, Ogori, Yamaguchi, Japan

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Mohamed Shafi, MS (Orth), Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Ogori Daiichi General Hospital, 862-3 Shimogo, Ogori, Yamaguchi-City, Yamaguchi, Japan. (E-mail:

All the authors in this article equally contributed, and neither the authors nor the related institution has received any financial benefit.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.