Fractured Elbow Treatment

Distal Humerus (Elbow) fractures are relatively uncommon injuries. Some fractures can be managed in a sling  but most serious fractures of the distal humerus require surgery.

Trauma Surgeons at Victorian Bone and Joint Specialists will assess your injury and organise x-rays and scans if required. If surgery is needed, our specialists will help guide you through the process as a successful outcome will require recovery and rehabilitation often with physiotherapists close to your home location in Melbourne.

VBJS Patella Xray

A simple crack in the bone, while painful, will normally heal well. Surgeons at Victorian Bone and Joint Specialists will fit a sling to help hold the elbow in place. Follow up x-rays will be required.

If the broken bone has moved too much or if there is instability of the elbow then surgery to lock the bone back in place maybe the best option. Your surgeon at Bone and Joint will discuss this with you.

VBJS Patella Xray

Once fixed, you  maybe able to begin to gentle move the elbow under the instruction of your surgeon. Placing weight through the arm will depend on the type of fracture you have and how it needed to be fixed.

There are risks with surgery. These include infection, delayed healing or no healing of the bone. Sometime surgery to remove screws or plate is required once the bone has healed. Damage to nerve or blood vessels may have occurred as a result of the injury or when fixing the fracture.