Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

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CUBITAL TUNNEL RELEASE

 

CUBITAL TUNNEL SYNDROME is a condition brought on by increased pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow. There is a bump of bone on the inner portion of the elbow (called the medical epicondyle) under which the ulnar nerve passes; this site is commonly known as the "funny bone". At this site, the ulnar nerve lies directly next to the bone and is susceptible to pressure. When the pressure on the nerve becomes great enough to disturb the way the nerve works, numbness, tingling and pain may be felt in the elbow, forearm, hand and/or fingers. Surgery can help relieve the pressure.

 

THE PROCEDURE:

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Surgery involves relieving the pressure and tension on the nerve. The nerve may be placed under a layer of fat, under the muscle, or within the muscle.

 

AFTER THE PROCEDURE:

The recovery will depend on the type of surgery that was performed. Restrictions on lifting and/or elbow movement may be recommended, and therapy may be needed. The numbness and tingling may improve quickly or slowly, and it may take several months for the strength in the hand and wrist to improve.