TEA (total elbow arthroplasty): A total replacement of the elbow and they do this when everything else has failed. There can be a Linked and Unlinked joint replacement with different approaches (triceps reflecting, triceps splitting, and triceps sparing). Indications for surgery would be sever joint pain, instability, acute fracture, or non-union fracture. If a previous radial head resection failed, they may think about TEA. Complications may include joint instability, triceps insufficiency, and implant loosening.
A Coggle Diagram about Precautions (ROM: Avoid early end range elbow flexion to decrease stress on incision and reduce the risk of compromising wound healing. Perform ROM exercises only within in the arc of motion achieved intraoperatively., Strengthening: when strengthening the shoulder, apply resistance above the elbow to eliminate stress across the elbow joint. , Functional activities: avoid lifting/carrying with the operated extremitiy for up to 6 weeks or objects greater than 1# for 3 months. and There are many more precautions in Box 18.6 in the 6th ed. can be referenced), MAX Protection (4 weeks) and Moderate/Minimum Protection Phase
4 -6 weeks or up to 12 weeks