definition of Tommy John surgery
(also ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction)
a medical operation which uses a tendon from another part of the body to replace damaged ligament in the elbow
Since the first procedure in 1974, many Major League Baseball pitchers have undergone Tommy John surgery. This is a long and difficult recovery for pitchers, as the ulnar collateral ligament needs complete reconstruction.
Submitted by: Harris Park from United Kingdom on 24/04/2012 08:56:00