The Goal of Tommy John Surgery (UCL Reconstruction)
Tommy John surgery reconstructs a torn UCL. The goal is to stabilize the elbow, restore range of motion, and reduce pain. It may be recommended for athletes who frequently throw overhead or place significant stress on the inside part of the elbow.
More Younger Athletes Having Tommy John Surgery
In recent years, more young athletes have begun having this surgery. These younger players are especially vulnerable to injuring their elbows because their bones are still growing. They also often play sports year-round with little time for rest. Now, newer techniques are available for UCL repair in younger patients, which can significantly shorten the rehab time.