The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) provides the main stability in the elbow joint. This ligament is commonly injured in sports-related accidents, especially ones that involve throwing such as baseball or javelin. Patients who injure their UCL have instability in their elbow joint, causing pain and swelling on the inside of the elbow. UCL repair, or Tommy John surgery, is a procedure to reconstruct the UCL. In this surgery, a ligament is taken from another part of the body and is threaded through a tunnel made of holes drilled in the bone to keep it in place.
After surgery, the elbow is protected in a brace for 4-6 weeks. The patient will go through physical rehabilitation to regain strength in the elbow and restore function of the UCL.
At Triangle Orthopaedics, our specialists have expertise in surgery for sports injuries. If you have injured your UCL and want function in your elbow back, contact any of our Carolina office locations and we can help you on the road to recovery.
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