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A surgical procedure in which a healthy tendon extracted from an arm (or sometimes a leg) is used to replace an arm's torn ligament. The healthy tendon is threaded through holes drilled into the bone above and below the elbow.
- ‘The procedure and ensuing rehab program failed to fully restore motion in the elbow, forcing him to have Tommy John surgery.’
- ‘In the early 1990s, Andrews estimates he did 50 Tommy John surgeries in a year.’
- ‘Fryman is playing with a torn elbow ligament and needs Tommy John surgery.’
- ‘Of 102 pitchers in the Braves ' organization, 22 have had Tommy John surgery.’
- ‘No pitcher has ever come back successfully from a second Tommy John surgery.’
1970s: named after Tommy John (1943–), a US major-league pitcher who, after a debilitating injury, was able to resume his career after undergoing this surgery. The procedure was devised specifically for John by US orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe in 1974.
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