Too young for an elbow replacement

Gemma66 Member Posts: 2
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:10 in Living with arthritis

Hello I had a car crash when I was 19 and smashed my right elbow so needed my elbow to be rebuilt. My elbow is fixed at 90% and I now have very bad arthritis in it. My specialist has advised I need an elbow replacement but I can’t have one for 40 years as they only last 5-10 years and you are lucky if you can have two in a lifetime.

I have now been total not to use my right arm as it will make it worse. Which means don’t use it for 40 years! Easier say than done as I am right handed and have a full time job and young family. Not sure what I am do now and if I can get any help.


  • noddingtonpete
    noddingtonpete Moderator Posts: 839

    Hello @Gemma66 and welcome to the Community. We are a friendly and supportive group and I hope that will be your experience as well.

    I understand that you have arthritis in your elbow and been told that you cannot have a replacement for 40 years and looking for advice. Our website has the following which might be of some help.

    I also see that you are asking what help may be available - it might be worth talking to one of our Helpline staff

    Phone number is in the above link but is 0800 5200 520 who might be able to point you towards some help or guidance. Give them a call.

    Please let us know how you are getting on.

    Best wishes

    Peter (moderator)

    Need more help? - call our Helpline on 0800 5200 520 Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm

  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,608

    Frankly, I'm not sure what you can do either. I had knee replacements aged 35. I knew they wouldn't last me out but I had two small sons and figured I needed them then not when I was in my 50s. I've never regretted it but I've since had one replaced very successfully. The other is a mess, very painfu, but probably inoperable.

    This is the best info I can find on elbow replacements, from the very reliable NRAS.

    I'm afraid it's not encouraging.

    I do wish you well in whatever you decide to do

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