Answers to Common Hand and Wrist Questions

Premier Health providers answers frequently asked questions about common hand and wrist conditions.

What are the surgical treatment options for cubital tunnel syndrome?

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What are the surgical treatment options for cubital tunnel syndrome?

When non surgical treatment options fail, for cubital tunnel, the numbness and tingling is persisting, or getting worse, and potentially the patients are getting weak in their hands, there is a surgical treatment for cubital tunnel. This is called an ulnar nerve release at the elbow.

What it involves is a fairly small incision on the inside of the elbow, and releasing the pressure, that is causing the problem on the ulnar nerve. This is a fairly fast recovery time period, where, we really are just waiting for the skin to heal. But during that time period, patients are moving their elbows. They're not splinted or casted, and they're able to complete a lot of their activities of daily living, even during the early recovery process.

 

A surgery called an ulnar release at the elbow is performed when non-surgical treatment options fail. A patient may be a candidate for surgery if numbness and tingling persists or is getting worse and there is weakness in the hand.

An ulnar release involves a small incision on the inside of the elbow to release the pressure on the nerve. The recovery time is fast and mostly involves waiting for the skin to heal. Patients are not splinted or casted and begin moving their elbow early in the recovery process. Most patients can complete many activities of daily living as they recover from the surgery.

Source: Beth Berrettoni, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Matthew Cavo, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Krista Storms, OT, Premier Health

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