Ulnar nerve surgery

Specialty of Orthopaedic surgery

Compression of the elbow nerve is known as cubital tunnel syndrome. It is the erosion of the ulnar nerve that travels from the neck to the hand. It affects motor skills and sensory function of the ring and little fingers. The patient has pain, tingling, numbness or burning and sometimes altering the sensitivity of the medial edge of the forearm and the ring and pinkie fingers. Symptoms worsen by keeping the elbow bent. To treat this condition, the patient can opt for the conservative treatment (making changes in activities, use of splints, rest, stretching and taking vitamin supplements) or ulnar nerve surgery. This surgery decompresses the nerve from above the elbow to the forearm and moves the nerve from behind the elbow to the front. The goal of such surgery is to provide more space to the nerve and tendons, reducing the pressure on the nerve.

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