OUTCOMES OF TOMMY JOHN SURGERY
Players of all abilities have returned to the field after having a Tommy John Surgery. Historically, previous research has indicated that anywhere from 80 to 97 percent of professional athletes return to play. Meaning that if you played in the minor leagues prior to your injury, the odds are heavily in your favor to return to that level again, and potentially beyond. The long-term data has highlighted high postoperative satisfaction and return to play rates close to 83% across varying levels of competition.
RETURN TO PLAY RATES BY COMPETITION LEVEL:
Recently, we conducted a study in which we looked at players’ return to sport rates in our office. We found that of our collegiate athletes, 85% returned to play at the collegiate level. 81% of pitchers observed completed their collegiate career or are still on active rosters. Our office has also observed an increasing number of players getting drafted to Major League teams who have undergone Tommy John Surgerys at both the high school and collegiate levels.
In this study, we found that there was no significant difference in pitching performance following Tommy John Surgery when compared to players that did not have surgery; a finding that solidifies the fact that players get back to pre-surgical competition levels. Furthermore, players in our study played in more games post-operatively than they did prior to surgery.