Elbow Surgery

Ryan Taylor, MD

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Lehi, UT & Orem, UT

If your quality of life is declining because of chronic elbow pain, you could be a candidate for minimally invasive elbow surgery. At Ryan Taylor, MD, with an office in Orem and two in Lehi, Utah, highly trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Taylor offers comprehensive surgical care to repair elbow damage or replace the elbow joint. Dr. Taylor specializes in minimally invasive techniques to restore elbow function and help you return to your usual activities. Schedule an elbow surgery consultation now at the office nearest you by phone or by using the online booking feature.

Elbow Surgery Q & A

Why would I need elbow surgery?

The elbow is a complex joint that contains bones, ligaments, and muscles that work together to give you a versatile range of motion. 

Due to injury or underlying disease, any of these structures can be damaged, inflamed, and dysfunctional, resulting in a limited range of motion and chronic pain.

You could be a candidate for elbow surgery if you have a chronic joint disease or an injury that isn’t treatable with conservative methods like medications or physical therapy. 

Dr. Taylor could also suggest surgery if you have chronic elbow pain and inflammation from overuse injuries like tennis elbow. Other reasons Dr. Taylor would qualify you for elbow surgery include:

  • Fracture repair
  • Scar-tissue removal
  • Soft-tissue damage repair

You might also need surgery to replace part or all of the elbow joint that’s been damaged by trauma or chronic diseases like arthritis. 

Dr. Taylor specializes in elbow reconstruction and replacement surgeries, often using minimally invasive techniques that reduce trauma to your body.

What can I expect during elbow surgery?

Depending on your condition and its severity, Dr. Taylor could recommend arthroscopy to repair damage or remove the joint. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that requires only small incisions to access the elbow joint.

Through these small incisions, Dr. Taylor inserts an arthroscope, a slender surgical instrument with a camera attached. The camera sends back real-time images from inside the joint to an external monitor that Dr. Taylor watches during the procedure.

Using specialized surgical tools, Dr. Taylor makes necessary repairs or replaces the joint with artificial parts that function like your natural joint.

In some cases, Dr. Taylor can use arthroscopic techniques as a diagnostic tool to further explore the extent of joint damage or identify the source of chronic elbow pain or dysfunction.

How long does it take to recover from elbow surgery?

When you undergo arthroscopic surgery, you can expect to spend a few hours in recovery before going home to rest. 

Dr. Taylor provides comprehensive aftercare instructions to prevent infection and ensure your elbow joint heals properly. He might recommend over-the-counter or prescription medicines to keep you comfortable during your recovery.

People recover differently following elbow surgery. You should expect to take time away from work and your usual activities. Dr. Taylor can determine prior to your surgery how much downtime you’ll need to heal.

After you recover, Dr. Taylor might suggest starting at-home exercises or physical therapy to restore the function of your elbow and rebuild the muscles supporting the joint.

To find out if you qualify for elbow surgery, schedule a consultation at the office of Ryan Taylor, MD, online or by phone today.