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Elbow UCL Ligament Reconstruction


This surgery involves replacing the ulnar collateral ligament with a tendon obtained elsewhere in the body. The elbow is a common site for this type of surgery. Your surgeon will harvest the tendon and loop it through the various holes that have been drilled in the elbow, in a series of figure-eight patterns. Over time, the transplanted tendon “ligamentizes,” which basically means it learns to become a ligament.


What It Treats

An elbow ligament reconstruction is typically employed when there is severe elbow ligament damage and/or elbow instability and non-resolving symptoms.

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