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Hello, guys. My friend has been recently diagnosed with elbow osteoarthritis. She tried with some medications, but I am afraid they didn’t help much. At the end, her doctor recommended her surgery. I would like to know if operation of this condition is a standard procedure. I would really like to hear your opinions.

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Hello. The first treatment options that doctors recommend are medications. Those are mostly painkillers and steroids. Operation is saved for more severe cases. They are usually advised when there is no improvement with standard treatment. I guess your friend’s condition is pretty serious. You haven’t mentioned that. Please, let me know what your friend decided. I hope everything will be all right. Bye!
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Hello, everyone. Surgery is indeed reserved for more severe cases when we talk about osteoarthritis. There are several types. In arthroplasty or joint replacement, a surgeon replaces damaged parts of joint with plastic or metal parts. In another words, he puts prosthesis. There are implants for elbow. There is also a possibility of debridement. Here, a surgeon cleans up the area around the joint. Realigning bones can help in relieving pain. I hope this helps. Good luck!
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