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What can I do if my ulnar nerve is trapped in my elbow - help?

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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Nerve Decompression Surgery (Definition)

A nerve is in a tight space may be irritated or damaged, causing pain and/or loss of function (weakness or sensory changes). Surgical decompression aims to make more space for a nerve; relieve the pressure on it. Usual places where this occurs are across certain joints (wrist, elbow, sometimes knee) & as the nerve exits the spinal canal formed by the bones of the spine - ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: nerve decompression surgery?

What is the definition or description of: nerve decompression surgery?

Making space.: A nerve is in a tight space may be irritated or damaged, causing pain and/or loss of function (weakness or sensory changes). Surgical decompression aims to make more space for a nerve; relieve the pressure on it. Usual places where this occurs are across certain joints (wrist, elbow, sometimes knee) & as the nerve exits the spinal canal formed by the bones of the spine - arthritis or disks pinch. ...Read more

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I had medial epicondylar release/ulnar nerve decompression 6mnths ago. I'm now starting to drop things & sometimes it makes a snapping sound. In pain?

I had medial epicondylar release/ulnar nerve decompression 6mnths ago. I'm now starting to drop things & sometimes it makes a snapping sound. In pain?

Contact surgeon: In my opinion, the person you would want to contact would be the surgeon who did the first procedure. Unless of course, you have learned how to do medial epicondyle release procedures in the last six months in which case you may be able to buy a few surgical utensils and do your own repair. ...Read more

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I had ulnar nerve decompression back on 3rd of january, I also suffer with crps type 1, my elbow is still extremely painful, is this normal?

I had ulnar nerve decompression back on 3rd of january, I also suffer with crps type 1, my elbow is still extremely painful, is this normal?

3 mos: Normally I would tell patients it may take up I 3 months to heal. In your case, though, because you have crps, I would be more aggressive with treatment. Ask your hand surgeon about seeing a pain specialist for sympathetic blocks to help reduce the pain. Your issue needs further evaluation and work up. ...Read more

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I need a protocol for my physical therapist. I had medial epicondylar release \ ulnar nerve decompression. It's a complicated situation. Please help?

Not your job: It is not your job to get a professional a protocol for them to do their job. Especially from strangers on the internet who have not examined you or have any ability to prescribe such treatment. ...Read more

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I have medial epicondylar release & ulnar nerve decompression on5/9/14. I still have swelling and sharp pains numb elbow. Is that normal?

Not normal: After almost 3 month since your surgery, I would expect you to be better unless you had significant nerve damage before surgery. I would recommend you get back into your surgeon and possibly your neurologist and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Would a compression sleeve help my elbow. I had medial epicondylar release with ulnar nerve decompression 4months ago it has swelling & tight.

Would a compression sleeve help my elbow. I had medial epicondylar release with ulnar nerve decompression 4months ago it has swelling & tight.

Ask surgeon: To be sure, but often a light compression sleeve will help reduce swelling after this type of surgery. The reason it is important to ask your surgeon first however is because of the ulnar decompression part. If you had a great deal of scar tissue or other anatomic abnormalities, you want to make sure they are not worried about compressing the ulnar with compression sleeves. Otherwise should help. ...Read more

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I had medial epicondylar /ulnar nerve decompression 3 1/2 months ago. My elbow is still very tender to touch or set on anything. Is that normal?

I had medial epicondylar /ulnar nerve decompression 3 1/2 months ago. My elbow is still very tender to touch or set on anything. Is that normal?

See Ortho: I would visit the orthopedic surgeon who performed the surgery. 3 and 1/2 months is usually adequate to heal enough to be pain-free. Is it possible that you may have reinjured it somehow? ...Read more

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I'm 4 weeks post op on my elbow. I'm getting pins, needles & stabbing in my elbow and hand. Is that normal? (Ulnar nerve decompression)

Cubital tunnel: It is not normal to have ulnar nerve compression after elbow surgery (cubital tunnel syndrome). If the symptoms are resolving then no need for concern. If the symptoms are persistent of worsening then the surgeon who did the elbow surgery needs to see you. Use a headset when talking on the phone, avoid sleeping with the elbow bent, and avoid resting the elbow on a hard surface. ...Read more

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I had medial epicondylar release/ ulnar nerve decompression 5/9/14. When I woke up from it I had a sore throat still have a sore throat? I'mconcerned?

I had medial epicondylar release/ ulnar nerve decompression 5/9/14. When I woke up from it I had a sore throat still have a sore throat? I'mconcerned?

Sore throat: You just had surgery and if you were fully sedated you were intubated and post surgery I've had many complain of sore throat related to the intubation. Warm tea, throat lozenges help. If persists go see your doc ...Read more

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If I grip something for too long or too tight I get terrible spasms and my fingers contort. I even had nerve decompression surgery.

If I grip something for too long or too tight I get terrible spasms and my fingers contort. I even had nerve decompression surgery.

Please see doctor: It is hard to tell without an exam whether what you are experiencing are muscle cramps or a less common condition called myotonia. You definitely need basic blood workup including electrolyte levels (k, ca, and phosphorous), thyroid/parathyroid function, and muscle enzyme (ck) levels. Depending on your exam, your doctor may also choose to perform an EMG test for your muscles. ...Read more

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It's been a year since my surgery and my arm is still numb and aches. Is that normal? (Ulnar nerve decompression and medial epicondylar tendon repair)

This can be long ter: This can be a long healing process. A nerve heals slowly maybe a millimeter a day. Sometimes this type of injury even with surgery can leave you with long-term numbness. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about ulnar nerve subluxation surgery?

Safe procedure: An experienced hand surgeon merely moves the nerve out of harms way, under the skin, or under the muscle. In my experience, very successful and uncomplicated. ...Read more

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How serious is ulnar nerve entrapment surgery?

Open surgery: Any surgery around the nerves has risks and potential complications. Ulnar nerve surgery is a relatively common surgery done by neurosurgeons and nerve specialists. It involves identifying the nerve at the region of the elbow and freeing it up of any scar and adhesions. Sometimes, it is necessary to transpose it or move it slightly so that it is not as easily injured. ...Read more

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I have ulnar nerve entrapment when is surgery needed?

Depends: It really depends on how severe the entrapment is. Mild irritation at the elbow is treated with rest, steroid injections, and padding. If there is clinical weakness in the fingers that are's innervated by the ulnar nerve, then surgery is important to be done. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about second surgery to relieve ulnar nerve entrapment?

Ulnar nerve: A second surgery for an ulnar nerve entrapment can sometimes be needed. While in most cases the entrapment can be relieved with one procedure there are situations where the nerve can re-scar in and need to be again released from the entrapment. ...Read more

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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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Please I would like surgery on ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow. What should I know?

Please I would like surgery on ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow. What should I know?

Talk to surgeon: Sounds like you know that this surgery may help you. You should consult a hand surgeon and discuss this further. ...Read more

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Will pillar pain 4 months post CTR surgery go away? I had extensive physio and ulnar nerve complications (still). Will I need a second surgery?

Will pillar pain 4 months post CTR surgery go away? I had extensive physio and ulnar nerve complications (still). Will I need a second surgery?

Probably not: Pillar pain months after surgery is not uncommon. You should discuss need for further intervention, besides conservative management, with your PCP in conjunction with the surgeon who operated on you. ...Read more

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What happens after ulnar nerve transposition surgery?

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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Is it possible that ulnar nerve transposition surgery ever slip back out of place?

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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Dad: neuro diagnosed w/ ulnar nerve entrp., bad pain, tough to sleep at times. Pain on/off. Ortho surg. Said no surgery (decomp) yet... Next steps?

Ortho is right: The problem is going on for only a week (as noted in previous question). Conservative therapy can certainly help. Soft foam pad for elbow support helps reduce inadvertent compression. Limits night time flexion, can be done with towel wrap or a brace if not too rigid. Ultrasound guided block can provide additional diagnostic info and fast relief. ...Read more

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What are the causes of damage to the ulnar nerve from surgery?

What are the causes of damage to the ulnar nerve from surgery?

Often compression: During surgery, the arms and legs must be arranged in a fashion to prevent compression of the nerves. Since anesthetics are used during surgery, the arms and the legs can compress themselves if the surgery is a decent length. When nerves are compressed, numbness and weakness may follow. Stretching also may occur during surgery, this may also result in mild damage. ...Read more

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Softball player w shoulder pain after coming back from ulnar nerve surgery. Symptoms: can't sleep on it, worse at night, constant pain, hard 2 move it?

Softball player w shoulder pain after coming back from ulnar nerve surgery. Symptoms: can't sleep on it, worse at night, constant pain, hard 2 move it?

Give it time: If the surgery was very recent, could be from your position on the operating table. If you are already back to playing softball, could just be getting used to playing again after a perios of non-use. Give it some time, it should get better on its own. Be sure to warm up before play and practice. If it persists, ask the doctor about it that the did nerve surgery. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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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?

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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Just diagnosed with deep peroneal nerve entrapment. If I end up having decompression surgery how long is the recovery? Is a steroid shot an option?

Just diagnosed with deep peroneal nerve entrapment. If I end up having decompression surgery how long is the recovery? Is a steroid shot an option?

2 to 4 wks recovery.: Yes Steroid can be an option in earlier and Mild entrapment cases. Relief is temporary though.
If your Orthopedic doctor recommended you the release surgery, he will probably doing it Arthroscopic. So the recovery will be quick. Physical therapy along with NSAID helps. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


Decompression (Definition)

Decompression (surgery), a procedure used to treat spinal stenosis (in spinal decompression), carotid artery stenosis or any condition where a ...Read more