Dr. Tim Kremcheck from the Reds discusses concerns about the growing number of Tommy John surgeries
About 25 percent of major-league pitchers today have had Tommy John surgery. The procedure, in which doctors transplant a tendon from one arm into a damaged elbow to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, is named for the pitcher who first underwent the surgery in 1974. Dr. Tim Kremchek of Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, is currently in his 18th season as the Cincinnati Reds Medical Director and Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon, He has performed more than 1,500 Tommy Johns surgeries in his 21 years as an orthopaedic surgeon. He joins us to discuss the procedure, and the growing concern that too many young athletes are undergoing the surgery.