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Darrell L. Henderson, MD performs surgical and non-surgical treatments for elbow fractures to ensure proper healing and restore movement to the entire arm.

Your elbow is critical to the movement of your lower arm and hands. The anatomy consists of three bones – distal humerus, radial head, and olecranon. The distal humerus and radial head, work together as the joint, and the olecranon is the bony part that protrudes when you bend your arm. By design, the olecranon is the most likely to experience injury when you fall or are hit on the elbow, although the other bones can also be damaged in more extreme cases.

How Do I Know If I Have an Elbow Fracture?

You may have an elbow fracture if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Numbness in any of your fingers
  • Swelling
  • Pain when you bend your elbow or move your forehand and hands
  • Sudden and extreme pain around your elbow
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty straightening your arm

What Treatment is recommended for an Elbow Fracture?

The recommended treatment for an elbow fracture depends on the severity of the injury. If your elbow injury is less severe, your plastic surgeon may recommend non-surgical treatments before considering surgery. Some elbow fractures are complicated by sprains, strains, and dislocations, which occur at the same time as the fracture. For some patients, a splint or cast is recommended, while other patients may need surgery.

An incision is made along the backside of your elbow, and your surgeon works to put the bony structures back in place. The pieces may be held together with pins, screws, wires, sutures, and/or plates.

If your elbow is misaligned, surgery may address not only the fracture but also repositioning of the triceps. Another common secondary injury that occurs during an elbow fracture is an open wound in your skin. This injury requires additional treatment during and after surgery.

What Happens After My Treatment for an Elbow Fracture?

As with any broken bone, rest is an important part of your recovery from an elbow fracture. Your plastic surgeon may place a splint or brace around the elbow to limit mobility. Initial recovery can take up to four months, but you may not be able to participate in more strenuous activities for up to one year.

What Does Treatment for an Elbow Fracture Cost?

We accept most insurance including workers’ comp. The total cost of your hand and wrist operation depends on several factors. After your consultation appointment, we give you a total cost that includes anesthesia, pre- and post-operative care, and other associated costs. We also offer financing through CareCredit®. To learn more call our office today.

Why Choose Darrell L. Henderson, MD

  • We are the premier providers for reconstruction in Lafayette.
  • Our team of surgical experts are highly qualified to perform a number of different reconstruction procedures.
  • We offer a personalized and individualized treatment approach.
  • We prioritize your health and well-being above all else.

What to Expect During your Consultation

We believe exceptional patient care is a right, not a privilege. Several areas will be covered during your consultation, including:

  • Your medical history
  • Discussion of your concerns and goals
  • Explanation of procedure and expected results
  • Customized treatment plan(s)
  • Applicable fees and financing information

Darrell L. Henderson, MD offers cosmetic treatments using the latest medical advances to patients in entire Acadiana region, including New Iberia, Abbeville, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, and Monroe. For your private consultation, contact our office today.


Darrell Henderson, MD
401 North College Road, Suite 3
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: 337-385-5836
Fax: 337-233-5054

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