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Orthopedic Surgery for Chronic Conditions & Elbow Injuries

Orthopedic Elbow Specialist

If you were asked to list the most important joints in your body, it might be a while before you named the elbow. Our elbows are used for so many of our daily activities that it can be easy to take them for granted. However, when something goes wrong with our elbows, like a fracture or torn tendon, it can be extremely debilitating. In these situations, there's nothing more important than finding an experienced, board-certified physician you can trust.

The founder of The Orthopedic Practice (TOP) MD, Dr. Christina Cervieri, is an experienced and highly qualified orthopedic surgeon who offers care for elbow fractures, cubital tunnel syndrome, tendon tears, bursitis, and much more. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Cervieri is proud to offer personalized care with the highest standards of excellence.

Whether you’ve been injured in an accident or you're suffering from chronic elbow pain, Dr. Cervieri can provide the insights and guidance you need to make informed decisions about your treatment. Alongside her team of experts, Dr. Cervieri will help you understand your options and develop a personalized care plan that meets your needs. Schedule your appointment today for quality orthopedic care you can trust!


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Common Elbow Injuries & Treatments

At The Orthopedic Practice MD, Dr. Cervieri provides comprehensive surgical care for a wide range of elbow issues and injuries, including:

  • Fractures: An elbow fracture is a fracture that occurs right at the bony tip of the elbow, where the two bones of the forearm (the ulna and radius) meet. Typically, an elbow fracture is the result of an accident or sports injury. When the fracture is "non-displaced," or the bones have stayed in their correct positions, elbow fracture treatment typically involves wearing a splint or cast until the injury is healed. However, if the bone has moved out of place, elbow fracture surgery may be necessary to reconstruct the elbow.
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: This condition occurs when the ulnar nerve, which runs along the inside of the elbow, becomes compressed. A person who has cubital tunnel syndrome may experience numbness, tingling, or a burning sensation in the ring and small fingers. In some cases, cubital tunnel syndrome surgery, also known as ulnar nerve decompression surgery, may be recommended to relieve pressure and restore nerve function.
  • Tennis Elbow: This condition affects the tendons in the elbow that stabilize the joint and allow movement. Tendons are the bands of tissue that connect your muscles to your bones. If a tendon is torn, often as a result of a sports injury or overuse, it can cause severe pain and limited range of motion. Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment may involve surgery to repair the tendon.

Many of the patients Dr. Cervieri sees for elbow surgery are young athletes who have suffered an injury while playing sports. As a physician for the U.S. Figure Skating team, Dr. Cervieri understands the importance of getting athletes back to their peak performance as quickly and safely as possible. Her own athletic background as a Junior Olympic ski racer and current member of the National Ski Patrol makes Dr. Cervieri well-suited to understand each patient’s unique needs during treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if I need elbow surgery?

The decision to pursue elbow surgery depends on a combination of factors, including how severe your condition is, the level of pain and dysfunction you're experiencing, and your response to conservative treatments. To determine if surgery is the best option for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cervieri and her TOP team. They'll be able to evaluate your specific situation and recommend the most appropriate course of action.

Is there anything I should do before my elbow surgery to prepare?

Before your surgery, Dr. Cervieri will give you specific instructions on how to prepare. These instructions will be made with your specific situation in mind, but they may include:

  • Stopping certain medications for a specified amount of time before your procedure.
  • Fasting (no eating or drinking) prior to the surgery.
  • Avoiding certain activities, like overexertion or contact sports.
  • Making arrangements for transportation home from the hospital after your surgery.

By following the instructions given to you by Dr. Cervieri and her team, you can help ensure your surgery goes smoothly and that you have a successful recovery.

How long will it take me to recover from elbow surgery?

Just like each patient is unique, so is each recovery timeline. Depending on the type of surgery you're having, recovery can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. During your appointment with Dr. Cervieri, she'll create a plan for your post-surgery care and give you an idea of what your personal recovery timeline will look like.

With the right support, you'll be able to get back to your daily activities as quickly and safely as possible!

How do I get started with a qualified elbow specialist near me?

If you're looking for an experienced, board-certified physician to treat your elbow injury or condition, look no further than The Orthopedic Practice MD. Dr. Cervieri is dedicated to providing personalized, high-quality care for every patient she sees.

To get started, simply book a consultation with Dr. Cervieri and her team today! They'll be happy to answer all your questions and help you get the care you need.

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