Angus Keogh Procedures – Elbow Fracture Dislocations
Elbow Fracture Dislocations
Also known as the terrible triad, these injuries were historically associated with very poor outcomes. As we have come to better appreciate the structures that provide stability of the elbow, we have become better at treating fractures and dislocations of the elbow. A simple dislocation of the elbow (no bone injury) can most commonly be treated without any surgery (a simple sling usually suffices). A fracture dislocation usually needs surgery to correct the bony injury and thus provide bony stability of the joint. Commonly, the torn ligaments of the elbow are repaired at the same time. It is optimal to have a stable joint after the surgery that allows immediate range of motion to rehabilitate the injured joint.