Ulnar Nerve Release

Ulnar Nerve Release

Ulnar nerve compression (also called cubital tunnel syndrome) is a condition where there is increased pressure on the ulnar nerve (located in the area of your elbow). The usual symptoms include numbness in your ring and little fingers. If treatment is sought early enough, the numbness hand may be greatly decreased or even totally reversed. People who ignoring these symptoms risk permanent damage to the nerve.  Ulnar nerve release surgery helps to prevent further damage to the nerve by releasing the surrounding tissues that are placing pressure on the nerve. The procedure involves the surgeon making an incision on the back-side of your elbow on the inner side. Great care is taken to identify the nerve and surrounding structures. Once located, the nerve is carefully freed of any tissues that are pressing on it.  Depending on the amount of tissue that must be freed from the nerve, this procedure usually takes 30-45 minutes to complete.  Ulnar Nerve Release procedures are routinely performed under monitored anesthesia care. Follow-up care includes suture removal and assessment of the incision site approximately 7 days following the procedure.  Your symptoms should continue to improve during the first 6 months following your procedure.

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