Tommy John Surgery

Tommy John Surgery is typically used for tears of ligaments in the elbow that occur due to overuse, rather than a single traumatic event. Such overuse injuries are common in baseball pitchers and other athletes who experience a lot of bending in the elbow. Tommy John Surgery may be recommended if your lifestyle or job demands a lot of stress on the elbow or if nonsurgical treatments don’t relieve your pain. The orthopedic specialists at Clearpoint Health Network offer Tommy John Surgery to patients from Toronto and Mississauga, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta; Vancouver, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and throughout Canada who want to renew their quality of life.

Tommy John Surgery with Clearpoint Health

Patients from across Canada and around the world choose Clearpoint Health’s network of private medical clinics for elbow surgery. Our surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performance and outcome with this procedure. We strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care. Combined with our patient centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience. You don’t need to live with chronic pain while enduring long wait times for elbow surgery. Explore your options for private healthcare in Canada and receive rapid access to private elbow surgery. Clearpoint Health is a network of private medical clinics with centres in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Calgary.

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What is Tommy John Elbow Surgery?

Tommy John surgery is a reconstruction procedure commonly used to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament inside the elbow by replacing it with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. The goal of the surgery is to stabilize the elbow, reduce or eliminate pain, and restore stability and range of motion. This procedure was introduced and first performed by Frank Jobe, M.D., on baseball pitcher Tommy John in 1974—hence the colloquial name Tommy John surgery. Tommy John surgery can restore function and eliminate pain in the elbow.

What to Expect with Tommy John Surgery

Patients may need to follow specific advice on what to do before Tommy John surgery. Tommy John surgery typically requires general anesthesia. This means the patient is unconscious for the duration of the procedure.

The surgeon first makes a small incision or incisions in the elbow area. This is large enough for small instruments, including a camera to guide the surgeon, to be inserted to perform the surgery.

Recovery After Tommy John Surgery

After surgery, the patient is taken to a recovery room to be monitored in case there are any complications. The procedure does not typically require an overnight stay. A patient must have someone on-hand to drive them home.

While each patient is different, Tommy John surgery typically allows for a shorter recovery period than more invasive surgical techniques.

Next steps: Book Your Tommy John Surgery Consultation

If you are ready to discuss your elbow surgery needs with our surgeons, contact us to learn more about Clearpoint Health’s private medical clinics and request a consultation today. To discover your healthcare options, your patient care coordinator will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Incision techniques
  • Potential risks and complications