As published on HealthNewsDigest.com
November 4, 2020
Symptoms of a partial or fully torn UCL include pain – sometimes intense pain — on the inside of the elbow when throwing, pain when accelerating the arm forward, and numbness or a tingling sensation in the “pinky” and ring fingers. The injury, however, does not normally interfere with other activities, including lifting, explains Dr. Badia, orthopedic surgeon Alejandro Badia MD, an expert in treating disorders of the upper limbs and author of the book Healthcare from the Trenches.
“Tommy John” surgery – named after the professional pitcher on whom the technique was pioneered in 1974 – is performed as the reconstructive method of choice for a completely torn elbow UCL, according to Dr. Badia. “The procedure involves taking a ligament from elsewhere in a patient’s body and then grafting it onto the elbow joint as a UCL replacement. The surgery is normally conducted in an outpatient setting and takes about an hour to 90 minutes to complete. The patient can go home the same day.” …Click HERE for the full article.
Alejandro Badia, M.D., is an internationally renowned hand and upper-limb surgeon and founder of Badia Hand to Shoulder Center and OrthoNOW®, a network of immediate orthopedic care centers. Dr. Badia is the author of Healthcare from the Trenches.