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.