A posterior approach to the elbow joint

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1999 Nov;81(6):1020-2. doi: 10.1302/0301-620x.81b6.9696.


We describe a posterior approach to the elbow which combines the advantages of both splitting and reflecting the triceps. It gives protection to the ulnar nerve and its blood supply during the operation while providing excellent exposure of the distal humerus. During closure, the triceps muscle can be tensioned, thereby improving stability of the elbow. This approach has particular relevance to unlinked total elbow arthroplasty allowing early rehabilitation of the joint.

MeSH terms

  • Arthroplasty, Replacement / methods*
  • Elbow Joint / surgery*
  • Humans