Elbow fractures can be debilitating injuries that significantly impact daily life and require expert surgical intervention for optimal recovery. In Lancaster, PA, patients have access to top-tier orthopedic care for such injuries, under the expertise of Dr. Michael Bercik at Lancaster Orthopedic Group. With specialized training in shoulder and elbow orthopedics, Dr. Bercik brings a wealth of experience to the table, making him an excellent choice for elbow fracture surgery. 

Types of Elbow Fractures

Elbow Fracture Surgery Lancaster, PAThe elbow is a complex joint formed by the intersection of three bones: the humerus (upper arm bone), radius, and ulna (forearm bones). Fractures in this area can occur from falls, direct impacts, or sports-related injuries and can range from simple cracks to complex breaks involving multiple bone fragments.

  • Radial Head Fractures: Commonly occur from falls onto an outstretched hand.
  • Olecranon Fractures: Involves the bony prominence of the ulna at the elbow.
  • Distal Humerus Fractures: Occur at the lower end of the humerus and are more complex.

Types of Elbow Surgery 

When it comes to treating elbow fractures surgically, Dr. Michael Bercik offers a range of sophisticated options tailored to the specific nature and severity of the fracture. Each surgical method aims to restore the elbow’s functionality, reduce pain, and ensure a return to normal activities.

Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)

  • Procedure Details: ORIF is a common surgical approach for elbow fractures. It involves making an incision to directly access the fracture site. The bone fragments are then meticulously realigned to their proper positions.
  • Securing the Fragments: Once aligned, the fragments are secured using a combination of screws, plates, or wires to hold the bones in place and allow them to heal correctly.
  • Recovery: Post-surgery, the arm may be immobilized for a period, followed by rehabilitation to restore movement and strength.

Radial Head Replacement

  • When It’s Needed: This procedure is considered when the radial head, a critical component of the elbow joint, is damaged beyond repair — often in the case of severe fractures.
  • The Implant: A prosthetic implant made of metal or another durable material replaces the damaged radial head. This implant is designed to mimic the function of the natural radial head.
  • Benefits: The replacement helps maintain the elbow’s range of motion and stability, especially in rotational movements of the forearm.

Elbow Joint Reconstruction

  • Complex Fracture Management: In cases where the fracture is highly complex, involving multiple bone fragments or significant damage to the joint, elbow joint reconstruction may be necessary.
  • Reconstructive Approach: This surgery typically involves a combination of techniques, including fixing the fractured bones, repairing or reconstructing ligaments, and in some cases, joint replacement elements.
  • Goal of Surgery: The primary aim is to restore as much of the elbow’s natural anatomy as possible, ensuring functionality and reducing the risk of post-traumatic arthritis.

The success of these surgical procedures heavily depends on the surgeon’s expertise. Dr. Bercik’s in-depth understanding of elbow anatomy and his proficiency in advanced orthopedic surgical techniques ensure that patients receive the best possible outcome. His approach involves not just technical execution of the surgery, but also comprehensive pre-operative planning and post-operative care, crucial for successful recovery and rehabilitation.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Surgical intervention for elbow fractures can be highly effective in restoring function and alleviating pain. In Dr. Bercik’s care, patients in Lancaster, PA, can expect a tailored surgical approach, supported by comprehensive care and rehabilitation, ensuring the best possible outcomes. Schedule an appointment online or call 717.560.4200 to get started today!