The ulnar nerve is the one of the three main nerves in the arm that travels from the neck to the hand. When this nerve gets compressed or irritated at the elbow, it is called "cubital tunnel syndrome". Because the ulnar nerve has to travel through a narrow space with little protection at the elbow, this is the site where it is most commonly compressed. Keeping the elbow bent for long periods of time, repeatedly bending the elbow, fluid buildup in the elbow, leaning repeatedly or for long periods on your elbow, and an injury to the inside of the elbow are all reasons for pressure on the ulnar nerve.
Cubital tunnel release is an outpatient operation that will take pressure off of the nerve. The surgeon will make an incision, locate the ligament of the cubital tunnel, then cut and split it. By doing this, the tunnel is widened, which takes pressure off the nerve. The incision is sutured and the elbow is placed in a splint. As the ligament begins to heal after surgery, the tissue around it grows across the gap and the ulnar nerve has more space to go through at the site. Physical therapy might be recommended to regain strength and return to normal activities.
This surgery has proven to be very successful for our patients. To learn more about this procedure and how it could benefit you, contact Triangle Orthopaedics today.
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