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World J Orthop. Jan 18, 2016; 7(1): 44-49
Published online Jan 18, 2016. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v7.i1.44
Total elbow arthroplasty is moving forward: Review on past, present and future
Ante Prkić, Christiaan JA van Bergen, Bertram The, Denise Eygendaal
Ante Prkić, Christiaan JA van Bergen, Bertram The, Denise Eygendaal, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Amphia Hospital, 4800 RK Breda, The Netherlands
Author contributions: Prkić A had written the main part of the article; van Bergen CJA had aided in writing; The B and Eygendaal D had proof-read the article multiple times and have aided in writing.
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Correspondence to: Ante Prkić, BSc, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Amphia Hospital, PO Box 90158, 4800 RK Breda, The Netherlands.
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Received: May 27, 2015
Peer-review started: May 30, 2015
First decision: August 4, 2015
Revised: October 13, 2015
Accepted: November 3, 2015
Article in press: November 4, 2015
Published online: January 18, 2016

The elbow joint is a complex joint, which, when impaired in function, leads to severe disability. In some cases however, an arthroplasty might be an appropriate treatment. In the past four decades, large steps have been taken to optimize this treatment in order to achieve better post-operative outcomes. To understand these progresses and to discover aspects for upcoming improvements, we present a review on the past developments, the present state of affairs and future developments which may improve patient care further.

Keywords: Total elbow arthroplasty, History, Future, Improvements, Review

Core tip: Total elbow arthroplasty (TEA) is a relatively uncommon surgical procedure, performed in selected cases of incapacitating elbow diseases. In the past four decades, TEA has evolved from an experimental procedure to a reliable option, which is still more frequently performed. We believe it is necessary to understand the history of the development of TEA in order to accomplish further improvements. In this review we focus on the evolution of the elbow arthroplasty, from a historic overview, up to the present and address issues that could improve the clinical outcome in today’s practice.