Conditions + Treatments

Tommy John Surgery

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Tommy John surgery refers to reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the elbow. This ligament is one of the main stabilizers of the elbow during the throwing motion, and may tear with repetitive overuse. Young athletes with UCL tears may complain of elbow pain, swelling and the inability to throw with the same velocity or force as before the tear.

Often, athletes can recall a specific throw or injury when they felt a pop on the inner aspect of the elbow. In athletes with persistent functional limitations, Tommy John surgery may be considered to help return them to their prior level of throwing. 

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