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There are two levels of development of arthritis of the elbow , the development of incipient or moderate osteoarthritis and severe osteoarthritis. The development of incipient or moderate does not respond to conservative treatment and makes the elbow arthroscopy as an important treatment option . With this technique the removed damaged parts of the articular cartilage , as well as the free bodies and osteophytes . The development of severe osteoarthritis makes resurfacing the main treatment option . A damaged joint is usually the final result of the development of arthritis is most often idiopathic or due to other causes such as chronic disease , trauma Ms . This condition can greatly reduce the quality of life , directly affecting areas such as the functionality of the individual, his daily routine and his emotional state. The resurfacing is one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine, and includes replacement of worn parts of the joint with implants highly resistant and completely compatible with the human body , the results of total joint replacement vary by individual. The lifetime of the implant depends on various carriers such as the weight , age and the level of activity of each individual.

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What is the procedure before surgery ;
Performed to prepare for surgery. Performed x-rays, blood tests and ECG . Take a complete medical history with emphasis on cardiac and respiratory problems, allergies or previous surgery. Becomes final check by a cardiologist and anesthesiologist .

required keeping patients in the hospital ;
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arthroscopy , the patient can get discharged the same day .
If required hospitalization arthroplasty usually 3-4 days .

What kind of anesthesia required ;

This is determined in consultation with the anesthesiologist , but in most cases required general anesthesia ..

What is the recovery time after surgery ;

The return to full activities is approximately 3-4 weeks for arthroscopy to 8-10 weeks for resurfacing .

There are risks after surgery ;

The complication rate arthroscopy is less than 1% when performed by trained orthopedic surgeons .
The complication rate of total hip is about 2-3 %.

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