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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
29 years in practice
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What can I do if my ulnar nerve is trapped in my elbow - help?

Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
29 years in practice
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What can I do if my ulnar nerve is trapped in my elbow - help?

Ulnar Nerve: Are you referring to cubital tunnel syndrome where compression of your ulnar nerve is causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness into the hand? Usually this can be treated by decreasing the amount of time you are in a flexed elbow position at work, in a car, and during sleep. A small knee pain on your elbow with the pad in the front will help you keep your arm straight at night. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
22 years in practice
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What can I expect from submuscular ulnar nerve transposition surgery?

Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
22 years in practice
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What can I expect from submuscular ulnar nerve transposition surgery?

Ulnar nerve : The ulnar nerve can be released and moved in front of the elbow joint. It is usually maintained there in a pocket either on top of the muscle (subcutaneous), or beneathe the muscle (submuscular). To place the nerve submuscular, you have to detach some muscle, place the nerve beneath, and repair the muscle. Some additional pain initially, and a bit longer to heal with more restrictions. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
23 years in practice
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What occurs after you have ulnar nerve transposition surgery?

Dr. Kevin Vaught
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
23 years in practice
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What occurs after you have ulnar nerve transposition surgery?

Time to heal: It takes time to heal. After that, occupational therapy if needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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What happens after ulnar nerve transposition surgery?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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Healing: Most ulnar nerve surgeries result in better strength and sensation, and are very beneficial. Recovery may be noticed as early as 4 weeks, but as late as 4-6 months, assuming no post-op complications. On occasion, hand therapy is very useful. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Craig Carter
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
35 years in practice
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Is it possible that ulnar nerve transposition surgery ever slip back out of place?

Dr. Craig Carter
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
35 years in practice
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Yes: It is unusual for that to happen, since the technique is designed to secure the nerve in position. Surgery is not an exact science, and sometimes bad things can happen. ...Read more

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Dr. David Roberts
Board Certified, Neurology
31 years in practice
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Had ulnar nerve transposition surgery. 4/30 /14still numb from elbow to wrist, arm swells, told angry nerve? How long before it gets normal again?

Dr. David Roberts
Board Certified, Neurology
31 years in practice
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Not ulnar nerve: Sounds like Thoracic Outlet Syndrome may be involved. Ulnar nerve does not affect the forearm - that is C8 nerve root. Thoracic Outlet syndrome can cause your arm to swell, if the blood vessels are involved. See a Neurologist that is well versed in Ulnar neuropathy, Neurogenic and Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome... ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Hebb
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
16 years in practice
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What is an ulnar nerve submuscular transposition like?

Dr. Adam Hebb
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
16 years in practice
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Longer recovery: There are 3 types of ulnar nerve repositioning for a ulnar nerve entrapment syndrome: 1. Simple decompression 2. Subcutaneous ulnar transposition 3. Submuscular ulnar transposition transposition surgery means to change the position of, from around the elbow to in front. Simple decompression surgery is as effective as the transposition surgery in most cases, and has a quicker recovery time. ...Read more

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Dr. Ilene Ruhoy
Board Certified, Neurology
16 years in practice
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Had nerve transposition surgery, but am still experiencing involuntary flexing and stiffness in the nerve sheath of my little finger. How to improve?

Dr. Ilene Ruhoy
Board Certified, Neurology
16 years in practice
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Had nerve transposition surgery, but am still experiencing involuntary flexing and stiffness in the nerve sheath of my little finger. How to improve?

Physical therapy: Please speak to either your surgeon or your referring physician. It is likely you need continued therapy on your finger for increased flexibility. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Board Certified, Pain Management
12 years in practice
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Could ulnar nerve transposition fail after many years?

Dr. Qamar Khan
Board Certified, Pain Management
12 years in practice
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Scar tissue: Many times scar tissue builds up over time and can cause the original surgery to fail. See the surgeon for your options or even consider nerve hydro-dissection injections from a sports medicine trained pain specialist. Sometimes platelet or even stem cell therapy can be helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Hashim Alani
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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What are the risks of ulnar nerve transposition please?

Dr. Hashim Alani
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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What are the risks of ulnar nerve transposition please?

Ulnar nerve: Not dangerous if done by an expert hand surgeon. ...Read more

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