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Shohei Ohtani ‘feeling a lot better’ but still is being evaluated by Angels

The Los Angeles Times reports on Shohei Ohtani's recent ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tear that will keep him from pitching the remainder of the season and what is next. 

David W. Altchek, MD, co-chief emeritus of the HSS Sports Medicine Institute discusses additional procedures that may be done to fix a UCL tear.

Dr. Altchek explained that “revision reconstructions versus repairs, if the rest of the ligament is in good shape,” would be among the possible options for procedures to address tears at the lower end of the ligament.

“A revision is anytime you bring someone back to the operating room that’s already had Tommy John surgery and doing anything to the ligament again is a revision,” Dr. Altchek explained. “The question is, when you do a revision are you just going to repair the tear or are you going to redo the reconstruction?

“Repairing means you usually put some kind of anchor in and sew the tissue back to the bone assuming that the rest of the tissue looks good," said Dr. Altchek. 

Read the full article at latimes.com.