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Complications from Cubital Tunnel Surgery

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (CuTS) is an injury to the ulnar nerve in the arm that can result in moderate to severe pain and numbness in the elbow and ring & little fingers.  Untreated, CuTS can result in extreme pain and an unusable hand.
Conservative treatment such as splints, exercises and anti-inflammatory medication can help minor cases.  [...]

 

Subcutaneous vs. Submuscular Cubital Tunnel Surgery

There are four main types of cubital tunnel surgery:

Simple decompression – One of the cubital tunnel ligaments is cut to reduce pressure on the nerve, which remains in the tunnel.
Subcutaneous Transposition – The ulnar nerve is moved out of the cubital tunnel to the topside of the elbow.
Submuscular Transposition – The ulnar nerve [...]

 

Study Shows Transposition Surgery Trending Better Than Decompression for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

A study on cubital tunnel surgery published in October 2008 has some interesting results:
1. Transposition is better than decompression  Odds of improvement with simple decompression versus anterior transposition were 0.751.  This indicates a trend toward an improved clinical outcome with transposition of the ulnar nerve as opposed to simple decompression.  In other words, transposition surgery [...]

 

Recovery Time from Cubital Tunnel Surgery

Cubital tunnel syndrome (CuTS) is a repetitive stress injury (RSI) that feels like you hit your funny bone.  CuTS is caused when the ulnar nerve in your arm is irritated, pinched or damaged, typically at the bony point on the elbow.  If left untreated, CuTS can result in extreme pain, surgery or an unusable hand.
Most [...]

 

Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

If you have pain or numbness in your ring & little fingers or your elbow, it’s quite possible that you suffer from Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (CuTS).  CuTS is a repetitive stress injury (RSI) that feels like you hit your funny bone.  CuTS is caused when the ulnar nerve in your arm is irritated, pinched or [...]

 

Cardinals Star Albert Pujols has Ulnar Transposition Surgery

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols had surgery on his right elbow to relieve severe cubital tunnel syndrome.  Pujols’ operation was performed by Cardinals team physician Dr. George Paletta.  The surgery included decompression and transposition of the ulnar nerve, but did not require reconstruction of the medial collateral ligament as was initially feared.

 

Study Questions Transposition Surgery for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

A new study published in the September 2008 issue of Current Orthopaedic Practice indicates that ulnar nerve transposition surgery often does not provide additional benefit over simple decompression surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome.

 

Integra LifeSciences Develops EndoRelease for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Integra LifeSciences has introduced a new EndoRelease system that provides a minimally invasive approach to the treatment of cubital tunnel syndrome. 

 

My Experience with Ulnar Decompression Surgery for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

I was diagnosed with cubital tunnel syndrome 3 years ago.  My symptoms were considered "moderate": measurable loss of nerve conduction, moderate to severe pain at times, slight numbness, some weakness, but no atrophy.  I had been attempting conservative treatment, including wearing a splint at night, wrist brace during the day, exercises, special computer keyboard and [...]

 

Preparation for Cubital Tunnel Surgery

Cubital tunnel surgery is a major operation that requires some preparation by the patient.  Although severe complications are unlikely, it’s important to follow a few key guidelines to ensure your cubital tunnel surgery goes well.