The ulnar nerve runs by the inside of the elbow. The area can put pressure on this nerve and cause a range of symptoms. This is called cubital tunnel syndrome (CTS). It can lead to tingling and weakness in the arm.
This surgery will relieve the pressure on the nerve. It should help to relieve symptoms. If the nerve was badly injured or damaged, some symptoms may remain.
Pressure on the ulnar nerve can cause problems in the pinky and ring fingers of the hand.
Your doctor will use previous tests to prepare for surgery. You may also need:
A physical exam and review your medical history
Order blood tests
Leading up to your procedure:
Some medicine may cause complications during the procedure or recovery. They may need to be stopped up to 1 week before the procedure. Talk to your doctor before the procedure about all medicine you are taking.
Do not start any new medicine, herbs, or supplements without talking to your doctor.
Be sure that you have a ride to and from the hospital the day of your surgery.
The night before, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight unless told otherwise by your doctor.
Anesthesia will prevent pain during the procedure. The incision will be uncomfortable after the surgery. The changes to the nerve may also cause some symptoms during recovery. Pain medicine will be given to help manage any discomfort.
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Ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow (cubital tunnel syndrome). OrthoInfo—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: ...(Click grey area to select URL) Updated September 2015. Accessed June 2, 2018.