Dr. Patrick McCulloch: Orthopedic Surgery: Houston, TX

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Elbow Surgery Specialist

Dr. Patrick McCulloch

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Houston, TX

As the experienced team physician for the Houston Astros and Rice baseball teams, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Patrick McCulloch has developed considerable expertise in treating elbow injuries in athletes who frequently throw. He conducts elbow surgeries at three Houston, Texas, locations: Spring Valley, Bellaire, and the Texas Medical Center. For specialized care in elbow surgery, contact Dr. McCulloch’s office to schedule an appointment today.

Elbow Surgery FAQ

What is elbow surgery?

In his extensive experience with Major League Baseball and Rice University athletics, Dr. Patrick McCulloch has performed numerous elbow surgeries to help athletes return to peak performance. He offers advanced elbow surgery procedures for both professional and recreational athletes, including:

  • Elbow Arthroscopy: This minimally invasive procedure uses a small fiber-optic camera (arthroscope) to view the inside of the elbow joint. If issues are identified, Dr. McCulloch addresses them using tiny surgical tools through very small incisions, akin to the size of a buttonhole. This technique is often used to treat conditions like tennis elbow and to remove loose bone or cartilage fragments within the joint.

  • Tommy John Surgery: Officially known as ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction, this surgery is essential for athletes, particularly those in throwing sports, who suffer from UCL tears. Named after the famous baseball pitcher who first underwent the procedure, it involves replacing the torn ligament with a graft. In selected cases, Dr. McCulloch performs a primary repair of the ligament using an internal brace, which can significantly shorten recovery time.

  • Other Procedures: Dr. McCulloch also specializes in repairing biceps and triceps tendon tears, which commonly occur from heavy lifting or forceful activities.

Why would I need elbow surgery?

Dr. McCulloch adopts a conservative treatment approach, preferring nonsurgical methods such as physical therapy and biologic injections whenever possible. However, surgery might be recommended if your injury is severe, your symptoms persist despite nonoperative treatments, or if you need to return to athletic activities at a competitive level.

What should I expect from elbow surgery?

The process begins with a thorough evaluation of your condition, reviewing your symptoms, and medical history, followed by a physical examination to determine if surgery is the most suitable treatment. Elbow surgeries generally require general anesthesia, and the duration depends on the specific procedure being performed. Post-surgery, Dr. McCulloch devises a tailored physical therapy and rehabilitation plan to help you regain strength and functionality in your elbow.

If you believe you may require elbow surgery, contact Dr. Patrick McCulloch’s office to schedule an appointment today.



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