Ulnar Collateral Ligament (Tommy John) Injury

By Kevin M. Kaplan, MD

Ulnar Collateral Ligament or Tommy John Injury by Dr. Kevin Kaplan

 

Tommy John Injury

3d rendered illustration of pain in the elbow

Ulnar collateral ligament injury can be a devastating injury for the overhead throwing athlete.

These injuries occur secondary to the repetitive stress of the throwing motion. Repair of this

ligament was first performed by my mentor Dr. Frank Jobe on a pitcher from the Los Angeles

Dodgers, Tommy John. The surgery has been known since then as a Tommy John reconstruction.

The procedure entails the utilization of a tendon from the forearm or the knee to

recreate the torn ligament on the medial side of the elbow. Recovery from this surgery typically

takes one year prior to return to pitching.

To learn more about this condition go to: https://www.joionline.net/trending/content/tommy-john-surgery

 


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