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Exploring Surgery for: Arm & Elbow

At New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH), we understand how difficult it can be to struggle with arm or elbow problems. Our care team, including our arm and elbow specialists, has the focused expertise to treat your pain and return you to the activities you love.

As a rule, we try to avoid surgery to treat arm or elbow pain. Common non-surgical options include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory steroid injections, platelet-enriched plasma (PRP) injections and home exercise programs.

Elbow.jpgHowever, sometimes arm surgery or elbow surgery is the best option for relieving pain and/or restoring function. If you and your doctor decide to proceed with surgery, you can take comfort in knowing NEBH performs more orthopedic surgical procedures and joint replacements than any other New England hospital.

Coming to NEBH for Arm or Elbow Surgery

NEBH has experts in all types of arm and elbow surgery from correcting sports injuries to joint replacements. Our years of orthopedic experience have allowed us to fine-tune our process before, during and after surgery to ensure the best possible experience and long-term results for you.

Reducing Your Risk Before Surgery

We've designed our preoperative screening process so that your entire treatment team — surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses and operating room staff — knows your specific treatment plan and surgical needs.

Prior to surgery, we'll take a close look at your health history. This includes factors that may impact your experience during surgery and recovery (e.g. cardiovascular health, diabetes, smoking, weight).

If we identify any risk factors, we can call on the expertise of NEBH Department of Medicine specialty physicians. Cardiologists, hematologists, infectious disease specialists and others are available to assist with preoperative planning as appropriate. You'll also be screened and treated for infections that could complicate your surgery and recovery.

All of these steps are geared toward managing your risk, producing the best results and getting you back to your life as soon as possible. 

During Your Surgery

We know you're concerned about pain that comes with arm surgery or elbow surgery. Our anesthesiologists are skilled in administering local anesthesia and pain medications to manage your pain during the procedure. 

Following Your Surgery

In nearly all cases, arm surgery or elbow surgery doesn't require an overnight stay at NEBH. After surgery, your care team will monitor and treat your pain in consultation with pain management physicians. You can expect to stay in the recovery room for one to two hours before being discharged.

For more complex procedures or higher risk patients, a short hospital stay may be needed. Even if you're here for only a short time, we'll make your stay as pleasant as possible. We're proud to say that NEBH has consistently ranked as a top performer in patient satisfaction. In fact, we've received the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award (one of the healthcare industry's most coveted symbols of achievement in patient satisfaction) each year since 2007.

After you return home, your doctor may recommend physical therapy. Most forms of arm and elbow surgery involve quick recovery periods.

Patient Safety Really Matters Here

At NEBH, patient safety is ingrained in our history and our culture. Among the many measures we've instituted to boost safety, these are particularly important if you're undergoing arm and elbow surgery: 

  • The NEBH methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) protocol, designed to prevent a dangerous type of staph infection, has been adopted industry-wide.
  • Each of our 16 operating rooms on the main campus has an advanced air-filtration system to eliminate airborne contaminants. Thanks to safety-focused practices like these, NEBH has the lowest readmission rate for discharged orthopedic patients in Massachusetts.

Click here to consult with one of our expert orthopedic surgeons, or call NEBH at 855-370-NEBH (6324) for a referral.