Autograft (UCL) Tear 


Ulnar collateral ligament injury in the overhead or throwing athlete most often requires surgical treatment in order to allow the athlete to return to his or her sport.

The ulnar collateral ligament has a limited blood supply so it cannot reliable be sutured or repaired to restore stability to the elbow.

Ulnar collateral ligament surgery requires reconstruction of the ligament utilizing a graft from another part of your body (autograft).

This graft is often obtained through several small incisions without affecting the function of that part of the body.

The graft is then placed through small bone tunnels at the site of the normal ulnar collateral ligament in order to restore anatomy.

If the adjacent nerve is injured, any scar tissue around the nerve may be removed.

If the adjacent muscles and tendons are damaged, they may be repaired at the same time as well.


  • Biceps Tendon Rupture
  • Bursitis
  • Coronoid Fracture
  • Distal Humerous Fracture
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Elbow Dislocation
  • Elbow Epicondylitis
  • Elbow Fractures in Children
  • Forearm Fractures
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Olecranon Fracture
  • Radial Head Fracture
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Stiffness of the Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Throwing Injury
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Tear


  • Autograft (UCL) Tear
  • Biceps Tendon Rupture Surgery
  • Bursitis/Impingement Surgery
  • Coronoid Fracture Surgery
  • Closed Reduction (Elbow) Surgery
  • Distal Radial Fracture Surgery
  • Elbow Arthritis Surgery
  • Elbow Arthroplasty Surgery
  • Elbow Arthroscopy Surgery
  • Elbow Epicondylitis Surgery/Tenex FAST Procedure
  • Elbow Fracture Surgery
  • Elbow Replacement Surgery
  • Olecranon Fracture Surgery
  • Radial Head Fracture Surgery
  • Tennis Elbow – Tenex FAST Surgery
  • Throwing Injury Surgery

Conservative Treatments

The Orthopedic physicians at Peninsula Bone & Joint Clinic provide conservative treatment options for Elbow conditions and injuries.


This outpatient procedure requires a splint for 10 to 12 days, followed then by a hinged brace for an additional one to two weeks.

A structured physical therapy program is then carried out to restore elbow range of motion and strength.

In addition a focused rehabilitation of the leg, hip, abdominal, and back musculature allows optimal return.

Return to contact sports may take upwards of six months and return for the overhead or throwing athlete (baseball) may take upwards of eight months for position players and upwards of 12 months for pitchers.

Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction allows a reliable return for overhead athletes to their pre-injury level.

Treatment Highlights

Tenex FAST Procedure

Tenex FAST Procedure

Tenex FAST procedure is an innovative procedure utilized by Dr. Paul Abeyta to address Tennis Elbow – Elbow Epicondylitis injuries and accelerate the treatment options available to patients.

Procedure Advantages:

  • Removes damaged tissue through a microincision and stimulates healing response. Uses gentle ultrasonic technology

  • Involves no general anesthesia or stitches. Local anesthetic (numbing medicine) only. Twenty minutes or less to perform. No need for physical therapy or additional treatments. Your individual results may vary.

  • Full return to normal activity in 6 weeks or less. Your individual results may vary.

Peninsula Bone & Joint Clinic

The Orthopaedic physicians at Peninsula Bone & Joint Clinic provide comprehensive services to all members of the family.
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