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How Tommy John surgery works

When the stress of pitching tears an ulnar collateral ligament, Tommy John surgery is often the answer. It stabilizes the inner side of the elbow with tissue from elsewhere in the body.

Graphic illustrating when the stress of pitching tears an ulnar collateral ligament, Tommy John surgery is often the answer.

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