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Can a “Second Elbow” Be a Complication After Surgery?

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Can a “Second Elbow” Be a Complication After Surgery?

Question:  My father had a humerus fracture two years ago and did a plate fixation surgery. A few months ago, he is having something like a new elbow above his elbow and when he moves his arm it seems like he has two elbows. Please advise is this a common complication and what do you advise us to do?

 

Dr. Kim Foreman:  It certainly sounds as if the fracture never healed and now the plate has broken and the fracture is moving causing the “second elbow”.  He definitely needs to see an orthopedist and have x-rays taken of the arm.

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