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Frank Jobe pioneer of Tommy John surgery died

Mar 10, 2014 10:10 IST

Dr. Frank Jobe, the orthopedic surgeon famous as pioneer of surgery in sports died on 6 March 2014 died due to illness in Santa Monica, California. He was 88.
He was the first person to perform an elbow procedure by replacing the torn medical collateral ligament in elbow of the left-hander Tommy John with a tendon from his forearm. The procedure later performed on 25 September 1974 became to be known as Tommy John surgery. This treatment process has saved the careers of numerous major leagues pitchers.

Before the surgery that was performed by Frank Jobe, there was no solution. Since the success of the surgery it has become a common practice for players and pitchers of baseball.

About Frank Jobe
• He was born in 1925 in Greensboro, North Carolina
• He served Army as a sergeant for medical staff in 101st Airborne Division during World War II
• He was the person who developed a procedure to reduce trauma to tissue during operations
• In 2013 he was honored by the Hall of Fame for his help in prolonged careers of hundreds of major league pitchers
• Now he is survived by his wife, four sons and eight grandchildren

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