Nerve Decompression

If symptoms do not disappear despite conservative medical treatment and changes in your daily activities, your doctor may determine that surgery is the best treatment to stop further damage to the ulnar nerve.

The aim of surgical treatment is to simply release the pressure and stress on the ulnar nerve as it passes through the cubital tunnel. This procedure is called nerve decompression or transposition. With this technique, the surgeon creates a brand new tunnel where the nerve is in a more comfortable position.


 Cubital tunnel surgery is an outpatient procedure. A soft dressing and occasionally a splint is applied after surgery, and sutures are removed about 7 – 10 days after the procedure. Occasionally, physical therapy may be useful for functional return.



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