Background: Total elbow replacement (TER) is indicated in inflammatory arthritis, osteoarthritis and fractures that are not amenable to reconstruction. There is no series in literature, to the best of our knowledge, regarding the results of revision of the Souter-Strathclyde prosthesis (SSP) to the Coonrad-Morrey prosthesis (CMP). The aim of this study is to present the medium term results of primary CMP total elbow replacement and revision of the SSP to CMP.
Materials and Methods: 50 primary CMPs (Group I) and 11 revision CMPs (Group II) were included in the study. Demographic, operative, followup and radiological data were analysed. The indication for revision of the primary implant was peri-prosthetic fracture in six cases, aseptic loosening in four cases and instability in one case.
Results: The mean age in Group I was 67.28 ± 12.45 years and in Group II was 57.09 ± 11.25 years. The mean period of followup was 8.08 ± 2.95 years and 7.46 ± 2.39. There was a significant improvement in range of motion and pain in both groups. The complications seen were nerve palsy, infection, fractures and heterotopic ossification. The 5-year survival rate in Group I was 94%. The results were good in 36 elbows, fair in 8 elbows and poor in 5 elbows. In Group II, the results were good in 8 elbows, fair in 2 elbows and poor in 1 elbow. The complications seen were nerve palsy, fractures and heterotopic ossification.
Discussion: Primary CMP TER provides a functionally useful range of movement of 100° which is enough to perform most activities of daily living. It also produces a pain free and stable joint. Similar results are achieved after revision of the SSP to CMP. The unique toggle-hinge mechanism of articulation provides inherent stability and good survivorship.
Conclusion: Semiconstrained prostheses like CMP provide good functional results and survivorship and are the implant of choice in both primary and revision total elbow replacements.
- Coonrad-Morrey prosthesis
- Revision elbow replacement
- Total elbow replacement