Recovery and Rehabilitation Following Tommy John Surgery
Following Tommy John Surgery, patients will be placed in a splint for 7 to 10 days to protect the repair. Physical therapy will be initiated to regain motion to the elbow in the first phase. Strength progression and throwing mechanics will be addressed once the range of motion is fully achieved and is maintained for several months before the patient is allowed to throw.
Tommy John Surgery Recovery Time
If rehabilitation guidelines are strictly followed after ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, many patients can expect a return to normal activities and sports within 4 to 6 months. However, pitchers and other overhead throwers will often require approximately one year before they can get back to throwing at full speed.
For additional resources on ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, otherwise known as Tommy John Surgery, please contact the orthopedic office of elbow surgeon Dr. Jervis Yau located in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area.