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85 yr old w/broken Elbow - need advice

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  • Posted By: BonnieO
  • March 2, 2008
  • 00:58 AM

My 85 year old mom fell this week. When I got to the hospital where the ambulance had taken her the ER doctor said she had dislocated her elbow (according to the 1st xrays he took) and they would try an get it back in. They tried but the first attempt did not stay and he said the elbow slipped out because her ligaments were "old". They tried again, said it was in and holding, put on a cast, took another set of xrays to confirm it was in properly and sent us home, suggesting she see an orthopedic doc for follow up.

I took her yesterday to an ortho who specializes in elbows. He looked at the xrays and said he was going to take his own. He took two xrays and immediately told us it was broken, followed with "didn't the hospital tell you"????.... In shock both my Mom and I said no. He then said the only option for her was elbow replacement surgery.

I think we need another opinion, but in the meantime the arm is still swollen, painful and probably healing all wrong. I am at wits end. Any suggestions??? Thank you in advance...we are in NJ.

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