Tommy John Surgery Statistics
The following are some of the most recent statistics regarding Tommy John surgery statistics. The numbers have been compiled from various sources and published studies. There are many different types of Tommy Johns surgeries including the one where doctors remove part or all of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in your elbow joint. Other types include those where only a small portion of UCL is removed, or even none at all. These surgeries are called partial replacements.
In 2015 there were over 4 million Tommy John surgeries performed worldwide. That number is expected to increase significantly in the coming years due to increased awareness and demand for the procedure.
The average cost of a Tommy John surgery is $150,000 dollars which includes both medical expenses and lost wages during rehabilitation after surgery.
There are several factors that go into determining what type of Tommy John surgery patients need. Some of these factors include: age, gender, previous injuries, location of injury, surgical experience and other considerations such as financial status.
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Surgeons (ASMBSS), the average patient spends approximately six months recovering from their surgery. Most patients return to work within three years after their operation.
Some of the most common side effects of having a Tommy John surgery include infection, nerve damage, stiffness and pain. It is also possible to experience more serious complications such as strokes, seizures, blood clots and heart attacks. In some cases patients do not regain normal use of their arm or suffer from chronic pain.
When choosing a surgeon it is important to find out how many TJ surgeries they have performed in the past and their success rate. It is also important to do your own research on the surgeon.
The patient’s age and health status is an important factor in determining whether they are a good candidate for Tommy John surgery. If you are a younger, more fit person with good overall health, you are more likely to have a shorter recovery time. Elderly patients, on the other hand may not be able to recover as quickly or at all, and their chances of survival are lower due to pre-existing conditions.
It is important to remember that not all elbow injuries require Tommy John surgery. If conservative treatments such as medication, therapy, rest and reduced activity do not improve your condition, you may need to see a doctor to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Whether or not you have had Tommy John surgery in the past does not necessarily mean that you will need to have it again. Some people experience all of the symptoms and complications and never need another surgery. Others may need several during the course of their lifetimes.
If you are reading this, then you are most likely looking for information regarding the surgery. Common reasons people decide to have a Tommy John surgery include pain and the lack of function of the arm after an injury or accident. Other common reasons include arthritis and weakness in the elbow that causes problems in day-to-day life and makes it difficult to do your job or participate in your favorite hobbies.
Of course, there are several different types of elbow injuries and it is important to consult your doctor about which one you have and how serious it is. Once you have determined that you need a Tommy John surgery, you will most likely begin the process by seeing your primary care physician or someone at a clinic for an examination and to get a referral to an orthopedic specialist.
Your first step in getting a Tommy John surgery is to find a competent surgeon who has had experience with this particular procedure. You will also want to make sure that the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Orthopedics or another organization that specializes in this type of surgery.
After you have arranged to have the surgery done, you will need to prepare yourself for what is going to happen. It is important to remember that this surgery will be done on your arm and it will have an impact on how you do day-to-day activities, possibly for the rest of your life. It is important that you view this surgery as a last resort after other treatments prove ineffective.
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