What is it?
Cubital Tunnel Release is a procedure used to treat cubital tunnel syndrome. The procedure provides more room for the ulnar nerve as it is compressed at the inner elbow. A major goal of the procedure is to release or decompress the nerve that is causing the symptoms in the ring and small finger. This technique provides more space for the targeted nerve.
How is it Performed?
The surgeon will make a curved incision along the course of the ulnar nerve at the medial elbow. The tight fibers that constrict the nerve will then be cut to relieve pressure on the nerve. Sutures are placed at the incision site and the area is wrapped with soft sterile dressing. No splint or immobilization is necessary. The patient is allowed to use the hand and elbow for light activities immediately after surgery.