Elbow arthritis can create a myriad of problems requiring various surgeries and procedures. Elbow replacements are growing increasingly rare due to the success of treatments for rheumatoid arthritis.

Throwing athletes may injure the ligaments around their elbow, which can at times be repaired, but often requires reconstruction, also known as “Tommy John” surgery.

Talk to your primary care provider and the elbow surgeon about the factors you should consider before surgery. If surgery is determined to be the best course of action, the elbow surgeon will thoroughly discuss the post-operative recovery and rehabilitation process.