Adam Seidl, MD - Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon - Shoulder and Elbow Specialist

Adam Seidl, MDBoard Certified Orthopaedic SurgeonShoulder and Elbow Specialist

Radial Head Replacement

PHASE I: Early ROM & Protect Repair (0 to 6 weeks)

  • Splint and postop dressing remains in place for the first week.
  • Hinged Elbow Brace worn at all times (after the initial dressing removed)
  • Avoid varus/valgus forces across the elbow until 3 months postop.
  • Initiate elbow exercise program 5 times per day:
    • Passive and active elbow ROM to full flexion
    • Elbow extension to 20 (with forearm pronated) week 2
    • Elbow extension to 10 (with forearm pronated) week 3
    • Elbow extension to 0 (with forearm pronated) week 4
    • Forearm pronation/supination ROM with elbow at 90 degrees flexion
  • Grip and wrist/hand AROM immediately.
  • Perform supination ROM only with the elbow flexed to 90 degrees.

PHASE II: Full ROM and function (>6 weeks)

  • Advance ROM:
    • Full elbow and forearm ROM out of HEB
    • Terminal elbow extension performed with the forearm neutral or pronated until 3 months.
  • Initiate elbow and forearm strengthening.
  • Avoid varus forces across the elbow until 3 months postop.
  • Avoid activities creating axial load to involved extremity until 3 months postop.

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Location Map

  • Orthopedics - University of Colorado Hospital

    1635 Aurora Ct
    4th Floor
    Aurora, CO 80045

  • UCHealth Lone Tree Clinic

    9548 Park Meadows Dr
    Lone Tree, CO 80124

Credibility Logos

  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery logo
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons logo
  • American Shoulder And Elbow Surgeons logo
  • Western Orthopaedic Association logo
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Moon Shoulder