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How can this decision aid help you?

A fracture of the end of the humerus bone that enters the elbow joint can be treated with or without surgery. Surgery can either 1) Try to realign the bone for improved function or 2) Replace the entire elbow with a metal and plastic prosthesis.

There are advantages and disadvantages of each treatment option. The more healthy and active you are, the more likely you will choose surgery to realign the bone. If you are ill or inactive, you might prefer nonoperative treatment or an elbow replacement.

This decision aid is designed to help patients aged 65 years or greater decide their preferred treatment for their fracture of the distal humerus. It provides the advantages and risks of each treatment option. Together with your doctor you can decide what is the best treatment for you.

You can print the result of this decision aid. You can go through it with your medical team, family, and friends.


This decision aid is written by:

S. Fischerauer,, T. Teunis and D. Ring.

Version 1; 17-05-16

All authors indicated to have no conflict of interest associated with this decision aid. Completed ICMJE Conflict of Interest Forms of all authors and PATIENT+ employees are on file and can be viewed on request.