Dr. Jeffrey Dugas performs primary revision on Dodgers' Rich Hill — 4 insights

Written by Eric Oliver | November 26, 2019 | Print  |

Jeffrey Dugas, MD, performed a primary revision procedure on the left elbow of former Los Angeles Dodger and current free-agent pitcher Rich Hill, The Orange County Register reports.

What you should know:

1. Primary revision is an alternative surgery to address partially torn or detached ulnar collateral ligaments. The procedure has a shorter recovery stint than Tommy John, the standard procedure to repair partially and fully torn UCLs.

2. A portion of Mr. Hill's ligament detached from the back of his elbow during the 2019 season. Mr. Hill said to the Register: "This wasn't an option six years ago. This guarantees I'll be back. Given where I'm at in my career, how much longer I'd like to play, the percentage of success is upward of 95 percent."

3. Dr. Dugas is an orthopedic surgeon at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Ala.

4. He serves as medical director for USA Cheer and associate medical director for WWE, and is on the National Concussion Task Force.

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