Tommy John Procedure (Medical Collateral Repair)
Tommy John surgery is a surgical procedure performed to repair torn ligaments in the elbow after a damaging injury to the area. This procedure, named for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tommy John, can effectively relieve pain and instability in patients with a torn or damaged ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). A torn UCL commonly affects pitchers, and could even end a baseball player’s career if severe enough.
During Tommy John surgery, the tendon in the forearm is used to recreate the damaged ligament and restore stability to the joint. Most patients achieve successful results from this procedure, although it often requires a lengthy recovery period of 12 to 18 months before athletes can return to activity. Dr. Williams will provide specific instructions regarding postoperative care and instructions for patients who have undergone Tommy John surgery.