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Frank Jobe, pioneer of Tommy John surgery, dies at 88

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 7 (UPI) -- Dr. Frank Jobe, former Los Angeles Dodger orthopedist and pioneer of Tommy John surgery, passed away Santa Monica, Calif., at the age of 88, officials said.
Dr. Lewis Yocum, 'Tommy John' surgery specialist, dies at 66

Dr. Lewis Yocum, 'Tommy John' surgery specialist, dies at 66

ANAHEIM, Calif., May 28 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Angels team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum, who helped perfect "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery, has died, the team said Tuesday. He was 66.

'Tommy John' doctor joins the Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Dr. Frank Jobe, the man who invented baseball's "Tommy John" elbow surgery, has been named special advisor to Los Angeles Dodgers chairman Frank McCourt.

Eric Gagne has surgery on right elbow

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Dodgers all-star closer Eric Gagne had surgery on his right elbow Friday, and could return in as little as six weeks, the team said.

Eric Gagne will not need elbow surgery

LOS ANGELES, June 24 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne will not require reconstructive elbow surgery, as the team had first feared.

Shoulder surgery for Shawn Green

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Veteran rightfielder Shawn Green has undergone surgery to clean up the labrum in the back of his right shoulder.

Knee surgery for Dreifort

LOS ANGELES, June 19 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Dodgers righthander Darren Dreifort on Wednesday underwent season-ending surgery on his right knee.

Kevin Brown to have back surgery

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) -- Veteran Los Angeles Dodgers righthander Kevin Brown, who is already disabled with his second year of elbow woes, will undergo surgery Tuesday on his lower back.

In Sports from United Pres International

Brown missing start with elbow injury

Brown mising start with elbow injury

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Dodgers ace Kevin Brown will miss his next scheduled start due to swelling in his pitching elbow.
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Tommy John surgery, known by doctors as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (or UCL), is a surgical procedure in which a ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body (often from the forearm, hamstring, knee, or foot of the patient). The procedure is common among collegiate and professional players in several sports, most notably baseball.

The surgery is named after Tommy John, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers who was the first professional athlete to successfully undergo the operation in 1974. The procedure was performed by Dr. Frank Jobe.

After the tendon from the forearm of the opposite elbow or below the knee is harvested it is then woven in a figure-eight pattern through tunnels that have been drilled in the ulna and humerus bone that are part of the elbow joint.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Frank Jobe."
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