USA Today – Dr. Brad Parsons Comments: “Strasburg And Others Find Quicker Return From Elbow Surgery”
Stephen Strasburg was back on a major league mound right on schedule, a year and three days after having Tommy John elbow surgery. That timetable, however, has narrowed significantly from years past. Pitchers who have the operation are told to expect the rehab to last 12 to 18 months, but most are returning around the one-year mark, thanks to refinements in the surgical technique. The original procedure by pioneering surgeon Frank Jobe, required transposing the ulnar nerve and cutting the elbow muscles off the bone. Now some surgeons leave the nerve in place, and nearly all split the muscles, which allows for a quicker recovery. "It's a little bit less invasive of an approach and the muscles are protected better," said Dr. Brad Parsons, an orthopedic surgeon at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York who has performed 30 to 40 elbow reconstructions. Learn more.