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Cubital Tunnel Surgery in Houston, Texas

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What is Cubital Tunnel Surgery?

Cubital tunnel syndrome (CTD) is a condition where the ulnar nerve or “funny bone”, which passes behind the medial epicondyle on the inside of the elbow and through the cubital tunnel, is injured and becomes irritated and inflamed. It causes a number of symptoms including numbness and tingling in the hand or ring and little finger, especially when the elbow is bent and at night, pain on the hand and inside of the elbow, and clumsiness and a weak grip. Cubital tunnel surgery is an effective way to relieve most of those symptoms now and over the longer-term to improve your quality of life.

What is Cubital Tunnel Surgery?

Cubital tunnel surgery is an operation that can eradicate most of the symptoms associated with cubital tunnel syndrome. There are a few treatments that can help.

Cubital tunnel release

In this operation, the roof of the cubital tunnel is cut and divided. This expands the size of the tunnel and lowers pressure on the nerve. After the procedure, the ligament heals and new tissue grows across the division.

Ulnar nerve anterior transposition

In this operation, the nerve is moved from its place behind the medial epicondyle to the front. Moving the nerve to the front keeps it from getting caught on the bony ridge and stretching when your elbow is bent. During the surgery, a cut is made along the inside or back of the elbow.

Medial epicondylectomy

In this operation, the roof of the cubital tunnel is cut and divided. This expands the size of the tunnel and lowers pressure on the nerve. After the procedure, the ligament heals and new tissue grows across the division.

Why do you want a Cubital Tunnel Doctor in Houston?

The second most common peripheral nerve entrapment syndrome in the human body is cubital tunnel syndrome. It currently affects around 30 people per 100,000 population. Research has shown that cubital tunnel syndrome is more prevalent in older individuals and males, and for those who bend their elbows frequently (when pulling, reaching, or lifting), lean on their elbows a lot, or has an injury in that location. Bone spurs, arthritis, and elbow fractures or dislocations can also cause cubital tunnel syndrome.

The symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome affect individuals in a number of ways. Primarily, they can reduce an individual’s ability to perform work duties and physical activity. As well as the general discomfort the symptoms provide, patients also report being woken up at night due to hand pain and numbness. If the nerve is very compressed or has been compressed for awhile, muscle wasting in the hand can occur which cannot be fixed. By performing cubital tunnel surgery, we can alleviate most, if not all, of these symptoms for you so you can live your life.

What do you want from Cubital Tunnel Treatment?

Dr. Danielle Andry and Dr. Nandi Wijay are two of the most experienced cubital tunnel surgeons in Houston. They can perform a relatively simple and painless operation that eliminates most, if not all, of the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome over the long-term.

What can you expect during your initial Cubital Tunnel Treatment consultation?

The first step is to have an initial consultation with one of our cubital tunnel doctors at The Oaks Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas. Your surgeon will:

  • Ask you about your symptoms and discuss the goals you want to achieve with cubital tunnel treatment
  • Perform a thorough examination that focuses on your specific anatomy
  • Introduce non-surgical techniques that could be effective
  • Explain the surgical procedure and the potential risks associated with the treatment
  • Answer any questions you may have about the procedure
  • Give you a detailed information pack so you can read more about cubital tunnel surgery in your own time. It will also include a consent form and instructions to follow before and after the treatment
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What should you expect after Cubital Tunnel Surgery?

Depending on the procedure, we may suggest that you keep your arm raised above your heart for 24 to 48 hours to prevent swelling after surgery. You may be required to wear a splint on your elbow for a few weeks to help heal the area, and using an ice pack or moving your fingers can help prevent stiffness and swelling. We may also recommend physical therapy. Depending on the physical needs of your career, you may be able to return to work one or two weeks after surgery, though you may need to commit to only light physical labor at first.

Recuperation is different for everyone, taking anywhere from several weeks to months. Symptoms like tingling or numbness may decrease quickly or take up to six months to leave.

Get in touch to book your initial consultation with our cubital tunnel surgeons in Houston today.

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