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Helen78
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Hi, I'm scheduled to have surgery for my cubital tunnel within the next two weeks.
I've found answers to most of my questions on this site... Thanks guys. But the one question I can't find the answer to is how long the incision will be at the elbow. I've read 3" through to 10".
Thanks in advance
 
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Ive had both arms done. They r both about 10 inches.
 
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Re:Size of incision 6 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 0
Dear Helen,
So far I had one side done. My incision is small towards the 3" size. I think it all depends on your physicians preference. A smaller incision is said to heal faster, but with a bigger incision the doctor has more room to work. I guess there are advantages for both sizes. Good luck.

Mike
 
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Re:Size of incision 6 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 5
Which type of surgery are you having? That makes a big difference in scar size. I had decompression, and my scar is 1-1/2" long.

Good luck with your surgery!
 
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I was wondering about incision size too. I am scheduled to have a subcutaneous ulnar nerve transposition on Aug. 13th. What is the average incision size and also the time before you can return to work? I am an admin assistant.
 
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Re:Size of incision 6 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 5
Incision size can range from 1-10". Incisions for transposition surgery tend to be longer because the surgeon must have room to move the nerve out of the cubital tunnel. Expect an incision from 3-7" for transposition.

Recovery time of course varies based on surgery type. Recovery from transposition surgery is longer than the other surgery types because it is the most invasive. Typically your arm is immobilized for 2-4 weeks. When you can return to work of course depends on your job. People who mostly use their voice can return to work almost immediately. An office worker that needs her hand to type may be able to start light use of the operated arm in 4-8 weeks. An athlete may have to wait 3-6 months.

Good luck with your surgery! Please stop back and let us know how you are doing.
 
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