Tommy John’s Surgery is an effective arthroscopic surgical procedure for those experiencing the signs and symptoms of a UCL Tear.
This procedure uses one or more small incisions and small endoscopic cameras to allow surgeons to view damage to the area around the elbow in high definition.
To begin this procedure, one or more small incisions are made around the elbow area where the pencil sized cameras and surgical instruments will be inserted. Next, a clear sterile fluid is injected that allows the surgeon to visualize the elbow in greater detail.
Once the elbow has been examined, the surgeon may decide to trim or remove damaged pieces of tissue, ligament or bone. This is done through the insertion of microsurgical tools into one of the pre-made incisions.
Next, small holes are made in the humerus where a tendon graft will be placed to recreate the function of the original ligament. These new ligaments will be woven in a figure-eight pattern through the holes in the humerus to ensure maximum stability and control. Any remaining pieces of the original ligament will also be attached to the newly formed ligament to provide strength.
The incision is then closed with either a stitch or sterile adhesive strips.
Dr. Michael Russonella is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and specializes in Sports Medicine. He completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute as well as his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the prestigious North Shore-LIJ Health System in New York. Dr. Russonella utilizes the latest in both non-surgical and surgical treatments to treat athletes of all ages and is an expert in the utilization of arthroscopic surgical techniques.