What is Tommy John Surgery?

Through traumatic injuries or simple overuse, the ulnar collateral ligament can fully or partially tear away from the bone, leading to issues using the arm in certain positions. Upper Extremity Specialists often use UCL reconstruction to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament inside the elbow. They do this by replacing it with another tendon from elsewhere inside the patient’s body. UCL Reconstructions work to stabilize the elbow, reduce pain and restore the stability and motion of the joint. Dr. Frank Jobe first introduced and performed this surgery on the professional Baseball Pitcher Tommy John in 1974, leading to the more common name for the reconstruction, “Tommy John surgery”.