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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2007 Jun;89(6):778-81.

Open arthrolysis for post-traumatic stiffness of the elbow: results are durable over the medium term.

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Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0SF, UK.


We present a retrospective study of 25 patients treated by open arthrolysis of the elbow for post-traumatic stiffness. The mean follow-up was for 7.8 years (5 to 10.8). The range of movement of the elbow, pain scores and functional outcomes were recorded pre- and postoperatively. An improvement in the mean range of movement from 55 degrees (0 degrees to 95 degrees ) to 105 degrees (55 degrees to 135 degrees) was obtained in our patients at one year. This improvement was maintained over the mean follow-up period of 7.8 years (5 to 10.8). Improvement in pain, function and patient satisfaction was recorded in 23 of the 25 patients at final follow-up. On the basis of this study, we believe that the results of open arthrolysis for post-traumatic stiffness of the elbow are durable over the medium term.

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