April 07, 2019
3 min read

Similar outcomes after UCL reconstruction seen with modified Jobe vs docking techniques

You've successfully added to your alerts. You will receive an email when new content is published.

Click Here to Manage Email Alerts

We were unable to process your request. Please try again later. If you continue to have this issue please contact customerservice@slackinc.com.

James P. Bradley

Use of either the modified Jobe or docking techniques yielded similar outcomes at mid-term follow-up in patients who underwent elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, according to results.

James P. Bradley, MD, and colleagues compared Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic score, Conway Scale, years played, handedness, sport, position, palmaris vs. gracilis graft type, concomitant or future arm/shoulder injuries and the need for additional surgery among 51 patients undergoing elbow UCL reconstruction with either the modified Jobe (n=25) or docking (n=26) technique. Patients in the modified Jobe group had a mean follow-up of 6.1 years compared with 7.3 years in the docking group.

Results showed no differences with regard to Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic scores, Conway Scale, years played, handedness, sport, position, level of competition and future surgery between the two groups. Researchers found a significantly higher Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic score among patients who received a palmaris graft vs. a hamstring graft.

Since the results revealed the two procedures had similar outcomes at mid-term follow-up, Bradley advises surgeons to choose the procedure with which they are most comfortable.

“[Both procedures are] comparable, so pick the one you are most comfortable with and learn all of its nuances and just do that specific procedure,” Bradley told Healio.com/Orthopedics. – by Casey Tingle


Disclosures: Bradley reports he receives royalties and speakers and travel payments from Arthrex. Please see the full study for a list of all other authors’ relevant financial disclosures.