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addaword.gifdefinition of Tommy John surgery

noun
(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
Definition of Tommy John surgery from the Open Dictionary – a public resource hosted by Macmillan English Dictionary Online

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