Elbow specialists at Duke Orthopaedics perform elbow ligament reconstructive surgery for patients who have seriously injured one of the collateral ligament (UCL) that connect the bones in the elbow.
Elbow ligament reconstruction surgery goes by many names including ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction and, most commonly, Tommy John surgery.
Candidates for elbow ligament reconstruction include patients who are involved in repetitive throwing activities or sports like baseball or tennis. These patients often suffer from tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow that occurs from instability injuries, arthritis, and advanced tendonitis.
Our elbow specialists are skilled at recognizing patients who would benefit from elbow ligament reconstruction.
Our physicians closely assess each patient’s medical history and current pain tolerance and use diagnostic tests like x-rays and MRIs to view abnormalities in the elbow.
In some cases, our surgeons use elbow arthroscopy before reconstructive surgery to better view the ligaments and joints affected by arthritis, tendonitis, or instability.
Our elbow surgeons have access to state-of-the-art facilities and technology that allows them to offer elbow reconstruction with precision and with care.
Our doctors use the latest surgical techniques including microsurgery to remove the damaged ligament and replace it with a tendon from the patient’s own body.
Following surgery, a physical therapist works with the patient to ensure that the elbow is healing correctly.
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) to make an appointment with a Duke orthopaedic provider in the Triangle of North Carolina. We see patients from Durham, Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill, and beyond.
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