What happens after olecranon fracture fixation?
Initially, Dr. Mazzara will place the elbow in a cast, splint or brace to protect the healing olecranon and to keep the joint immobile. Physical therapy will be recommended, sometimes as early as the day after surgery to keep the elbow from getting stiff. It is important that patients follow the instructions given by Dr. Mazzara and his orthopedic team, so they can heal properly.
It is not unusual to be restricted from lifting heavy objects for the first 6 weeks. Patients are also advised against pushing or pulling activities such as opening doors or pushing up from a sitting position.
Since the olecranon is at the back of the elbow, sometimes the hardware that Dr. Mazzara has placed during olecranon fracture fixation may become irritating. In these cases, Dr. Mazzara can remove the hardware once the bone has completely healed. This is a typically a quick, minor operation.
For more information on olecranon fracture fixation, please contact the offices of Dr. James Mazzara, orthopedic elbow surgeon, treating patients in Manchester, South Windsor, Rocky Hill, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.