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Elbow Pain / Elbow Replacement Products
Discovery Elbow System

Discovery® Elbow System

Patient Risk Information


The elbow consists of three compartments, the humerus (upper arm bone) works with the ulna (bone on the small-finger side) to allow for the hinge-type motion. The humerus and the radius (bone on the thumb side) provide rotational motion. This joint is covered by cartilage which provides a cushion between your bones. When cartilage becomes damaged through arthritis, the cartilage is not being provided with enough lubrication and nourishment. This may lead to loss of motion and pain in the elbow.

  • In elbow joint replacement, the cartilage and bone in the elbow are replaced with an artificial implant that replicates natural anatomy.
  • Due to the concentration of surrounding nerves, vessels, and soft tissues, the elbow can be a complicated joint to replace.

Many elbow implants are made up of a loose hinge mechanism that resembles a door hinge with a specified amount of "play" built in. The Discovery Elbow from Biomet replicates anatomic movement using a circular (spherical) hinge design.

  • Unique hinge design spreads out the normal joint stresses1
  • One study indicated that this device was able to improve function, reduce pain, and improve stability in diseased or injured elbows1

While uncommon, complications can occur during and after surgery. Complications include, but are not limited to, infection, implant breakage, nerve damage, and fracture. Any of these complications may require additional surgery. Although implant surgery is extremely successful in most cases, some patients still experience pain and stiffness. No implant will last forever, and the patient's post-surgical activities can affect the longevity of the implant. Be sure to discuss these and other risks with your surgeon.

The Discovery Elbow System is one implant option available to you and your surgeon. Only your orthopedic surgeon can determine if you are a candidate for this system or if another implant would better address your unique situation.

Biomet is a manufacturer of orthopedic implants and does not practice medicine. Only an orthopedic surgeon can determine what treatment is appropriate. Individual results of total joint replacement may vary. The life of any implant will depend on your weight, age, activity level, and other factors. For more information on risks, warnings, and possible adverse effects, see the Patient Risk Information section found within Always ask your doctor if you have any questions regarding your particular condition or treatment options.

1Pietrzak, William S., Ph.D. "A Multicenter Clinical Study of the Discovery Elbow-Survivorship and Functional Outcomes" Biomet Orthopedics, Inc., 2013. BMET0176.0.

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