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My surgery pictures and experience - both types! 5 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 0
I have cubital tunnel in both arms.
I've had both surgeries, ulnar nerve transposition and in place decompression via a endoscopic procedure (on different arms). I also have pictures of my arm during the transposition surgery.. view starting at:


adamtuliper.blogspot.com/2008/11/t-minus-two-days.html


and surgery pictures at:

adamtuliper.blogspot.com/2008/11/surgery...for-ulnar-nerve.html


If you want to send me a msg, do so via the blog.

hope it helps!!


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Re:My surgery pictures and experience - both types! 5 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 0
Great Site! Best submuscular pics I have seen. Thanks for all the work you put into it.

One question. Probably you answered this somewhere in your blog, but I didn't have time to find it. I got the impression that the first surgery - the simple release - didn't work? Is that correct? If so, are you going to have submuscular done to that arm also?
 
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ya.. its a long posting to read through .. so here goes another : )

I had the simple release on my right arm, and correct, it did not work. My left arm scored worse in nerve emg tests, right arm was usually more symptomatic.

I can't imagine not having the right arm done submuscular transposition as well since I'm out of options (best I can call already trying simple decompression and conservative treatment for ages).

I was told by the doctors office in Louisville, KY that only two other people it didnt work for.. so they doubted it wouldn't resolve itself and I should give it a long time, even though my symptoms were minimal before surgery and quite worse after (although it eventually settled back down to the same way it was before surgery). I have no numbness in the area from having in situ, and with the transposition I recently had done on my left arm.. my elbow it somewhat numb.. even with a skilled doctor being careful not to cut nerves as he went through the skin (what can you expect with a 5 inch incision).

If someone has the option to try in situ decompression first I surely would provided the doctors think its ok. If its a case where its so bad part of me thinks they wouldn't waste time waiting to see if in situ resolved it and prevent further damage.

The way I understand why mine didnt work is this:
Look at the pics in the blog.. where the nerve went around the elbow.. it thickened up quite a bit probably from previous aggravation. Once it was larger the muscle or whatver was putting extra pressure on it, especially when I was more active. In situ (simple) decompression just opens up a layer of tissue around the nerve (ie the tunnel) in an effort to release pressure on the nerve. however.. if the tunnel isn't tight on the nerve.. then it would seem simple decompression wouldn't work. There is a study I cite in the blog that with ulnar nerve thickening conservative treatment has a lower success rate.. which makes sense. The nerve is thick and anatomical structures surrounding it aren't going to magically get smaller - and thus there is a problem.

hope the info helps.. let me know if you have any questions....

even though in situ didnt work for me.. the experience was a breeze.. and I was back at work the following monday with pretty full mobility... so I didn't lose anything but time and money going to Louisville, KY - but have no regrets as it was another experience and place to go in life. I appreciated Dr. Tsu Min Tsai's efforts to have me fly in, get checked out, and go into surgery the next day.
(ps.. look up the video on the net - he helped on a hand transplant and theres a video of it.. amazing to see the guy move the hand after not having one for 25 years or so)

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i'm so jealous!! why didn't they take pics of MY surgery!! i wanted to know if i was as cute under the skin...

lmfao! kidding!!

glad it went well for you! keep on keepin' on, brother!

 
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Re: i'm so jealous!! why didn't they take pics of MY surgery!! i wanted to know if i was as cute under the skin...

LOL!

As the saying goes, beauty is only skin deep. We are all red and gross under our skin.
 
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