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The outcome of elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction in overhead athletes: a systematic review.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
The American journal of sports medicine
Publication Date
Volume
36
Issue
6
Pages
1193–1205
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0363546508319053
PMID: 18490476
Source
Medline

Abstract

The evolution in surgical techniques, most notably use of a muscle-splitting approach to the flexor-pronator mass, decreased handling of the ulnar nerve, and use of the docking technique, have resulted in improved outcomes and reduced complications. Although injury to the UCL was once a career-ending injury in overhead athletes, development and continued evolution of UCL reconstruction have made return to previous or higher level of athletic participation in sports highly likely. Future research should continue to utilize higher levels of evidence and compare new graft fixation techniques in an attempt to further improve the ability of overhead athletes to return to sports.

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