“The best prescription is knowledge.”

– Everett Koop

The elbow is possibly the most complex joint in the human body.

The elbow is anatomically a trocho-ginglymoid joint, meaning that it has trochoid (rotatory) and ginglymoid (hinge-like) motion. An understanding of the complex bony anatomy of the elbow, the soft tissue’s that provide stability, as well as an intimate understanding of the nerves and vessels that surround the elbow joint is imperative when surgically treating this very intricate and complex joint.

Many people are prone to elbow injuries, whether through work, sports, or an unexpected fall. Major injuries may require surgery. The elbow joint can undergo degenerative change leading to arthritis with pain and stiffness. The elbow joint may also become unstable due to ligament tears usually due to certain repetitive movements or an injury. The elbow is very prone to becoming stiff and loosing range of motion after injuries. In most elbow conditions, surgery is only required if all other non-surgical treatments haven’t produced the desired result.

Associate Professor Raniga provides specialist care of simple and complex elbow conditions. He is available to all patients who are looking for a high level of specialist review. His world-class training allows him to offer patients contemporary knowledge and technical expertise with a patient centred approach.

He is an outstanding communicator who is trained to provide the highest standard of evidence-based treatment of elbow problems with compassion and empathy.

Associate Professor Raniga offers both non-surgical and surgical treatment options for a wide range of elbow conditions and injuries.

Dr Sumit Raniga - Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon - distal triceps tendon rupture & Elbow Stiffness

Elbow Conditions & Injuries

Potential Surgical Treatments

Complex elbow fracture dislocation

  • Fracture reconstruction – open reduction and internal fixation
  • Ligament repair or reconstruction
  • Radial head replacement
  • Total elbow replacement

Distal biceps tendon rupture

  • Primary repair
  • Hamstring autograft reconstruction for chronic ruptures

Distal humerus fracture

  • Fracture reconstruction – open reduction and internal fixation
  • Distal humerus hemiarthroplasty/replacement
  • Total elbow replacement

Distal triceps tendon rupture

  • Primary repair
  • Reconstruction for chronic ruptures

Elbow arthritis

  • Elbow arthroscopy – arthroscopic osteocapsular arthroplasty
  • Total elbow replacement
  • Radial head replacement
  • Radial head excision

Elbow ligament injuries

  • Medial collateral ligament repair/reconstruction
  • Lateral (ulnar) collateral ligament repair/reconstruction

Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis)

  • Open release 

Olecranon fracture

  • Fracture reconstruction – open reduction and internal fixation

Post traumatic elbow contracture (stiffness)

  • Open contracture release
  • Elbow arthroscopy

Radial head fracture

  • Fracture reconstruction – open reduction and internal fixation
  • Radial head replacement

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

  • Arthroscopic release

Ulnar nerve neuritis/cubital tunnel syndrome

  • Ulnar nerve in situ neurolysis (decompression)
  • Ulnar nerve transposition

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To make an appointment with Associate Professor Sumit Raniga, or to discuss your elbow concerns, contact us.

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