Ulnar Nerve Transposition

Ulnar Nerve Transposition OR Cubital Tunnel Release



The cubital tunnel release outpatient procedure is performed under general or regional anesthesia to alleviate compression of the ulnar nerve. This nerve travels along the inner side of the elbow and down to the hand.

At Axis Brian & Back Institute, we understand and can help the pain that you are going through. We specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery which is specially constructed to treat spine conditions with a lower infection risk and shorter recovery times than more traditional open back and open neck surgeries. Our patients will attest that we have helped provide solutions after years of chronic pain that took away their ability to perform even basic functions every day.

About Ulnar Nerve Transposition

Anesthesia is administered, and the patient is positioned to allow access to the inner side of the arm. The area is cleaned and sterilized. The surgeon makes an incision along the inner side of the elbow to access the cubital tunnel, the open space surrounded by muscle and bone that provides a channel for the ulnar nerve.

The surgeon carefully opens the roof of the cubital tunnel at the site of the compression, creating more space for the ulnar nerve. The nerve is often moved out of the tunnel and repositioned along a new path to prevent it from being compressed in the future. If the nerve is compressed in multiple places, more than one section of the tunnel may require treatment.

Once complete, the incision is closed with sutures and the arm is bandaged and placed in a splint. The patient is allowed to go home the same day. Physical therapy may be required after the arm has healed.


Frequent Symptoms Helped by Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Though herniated discs and degenerative disc disease cause symptoms which can change depending on the severity of the condition, there are some general symptoms that often see relief from this procedure.
– Numbness and tingling – Often, patients are experiencing numbness or tingling in the arm and fingers due to the impacted nerve in the neck. This could be similar to what it feels like to lose circulation to the arm.

– Arm pain – The nerve which is affected by the damaged disc often leads to a shooting pain in one arm. This pain can travel all the way from the shoulder down through the fingers. Often, this is accompanied by a pain in the neck along with the radiating pain the arm.

– Weakness – It is possible that the affected nerve is not able to signal the muscles in the arm the way it normally would, causing a general feeling of weakness.

If you are experiencing chronic neck pain and/or any of the symptoms listed above, contact our team at Axis Brain & Back Institute and get BACK@IT. You don’t have to miss out on life’s greatest moments because of pain. Schedule your free MRI review today!



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