Q: How will Elbow Replacement affect my arm?
A: Elbow Replacement surgery will relieve your pain, stabilize your arm and restore normal functioning of your arm as much as possible.
Q: Why do I need an Elbow Replacement surgery?
A: If you have had an injury and the pain is persistent, wear and tear injuries due to repeated actions, or if you have diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
Q: What is involved in the surgery?
A: In the surgery, damaged parts of the bones are replaced with artificial joints or prosthesis.
Q: What materials are used as prosthesis?
A: The prosthesisis made up of high-quality materials like titanium and plastics.
Q: Are this materials toxic to my body?
A: Metals implanted in the elbow and other materials are non-corrosive and, non-reactive. They are non-toxic to your body.
Q: How long does the surgery last?
A: This usually takes around 2 hours.
Q: Will I experience some pain?
A: You will be under general anaesthesia so, during the surgery, you not feel any pain. However, after surgery you will experience some degree of pain, which is part of the normal healing. Medications will be given to you to control pain.
Q: Why would I need a splint?
A: A splint will enable your arm to stabilise. You may wear it for a few weeks.
Q: How long is the hospital stay?
A: It will take around 2 to 4 days to recover in the hospital.
Q: Will I need a physiotherapist?
A: Yes. A physiotherapist will help you during your hospital stay to familiarize you with exercises that will strengthen your arms and restore their functions.
Q: How long does it take to recover?
A: Recovery for this surgery takes 12 weeks to a year.
Q: When will I be able to drive?
A: You could drive 4 – 6 weeks after surgery or when your doctor allows you to.
Q: What home care should I follow-up?
A: You should keep all necessary items at home within your reach or in low shelves. Make sure you avoid lifting heavy objects. You may also need help with daily chores for the first few months.
Q: How long will the elbow replacement last?
A: It could last up to 10 years. After this, it may loosen or wear out.
Q: Can there be a second replacement surgery?
A: Yes, there can a second replacement surgery but, this will not be as effective in easing the symptoms.
Q: How successful is Elbow Replacement surgery?
A: More than 90% of patients consider this surgery to be successful. This surgery is also getting popular among ageing adults.
Q: When can I fly after surgery?
A: It is advisable to wait up to 6 weeks at least after surgery. You may consult with your orthopaedic surgeon. Also, you may need to familiarize yourself with the airline’s health and safety measure before embarking on a journey and, may need to carry a certificate since the metal will be detected during security checks.
Q: Do I need Oral Polio Vaccination Certificate?
A: Yes. All travellers from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, and Israel must carry an Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV) Certificate which must be taken not earlier than 6 weeks before entry. This rule applies to both adults and children.
Q: Can I get visa on arrival if I travel to India for my treatment?
A: Yes, if you are from Japan, Cambodia, Finland, Indonesia, Philippines, Luxembourg, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and, Vietnam. Travelers from Bhutan, Nepal, and Maldives can enter India without a visa i.e. up to 90 days.
Q: What are the eligibility requirements for a medical visa to India?
A: If you have a valid passport and visa and are seeking medical treatment in a recognized and reputed hospital in India, then you can apply for a medical visa to India. Up to 2 attendants who are blood relatives can accompany the patient under separate attendant visas.
Q: Are the hospitals in your panel internationally accredited?
A: The Joint Commission International (JCI), which is a US-based agency, awards accreditation to international hospitals that meet the rigorous standards set forth bythe commission. At Vaidam, we are proud to associate with several JCI accredited Indian hospitals in our panel.