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Doctor insights on: Ulnar Shortening Surgery

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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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Tfcc torn 4 months ago looking for surgery. How to determine ulnar need to be shorted ?

Surgeon' call: If you're ulna is relatively long compared to your radius most upper extremity surgeons will shorten the ulna w/ tfcc debridement/ repair routinely.Other surgeons will determine the need for ulnar shortening @ the time of arthroscopy depending on findings @ the scope( my preference)...Also the shortening( if needed) can be done 'open' or arthroscopically. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to expect with ulnar transposition surgery?

What to expect with ulnar transposition surgery?

Slow recovery: Important thing is to make sure of the diagnosis that the problem is at the elbow where the ulnar nerve is. Make sure the nerve studies are accurate. It is common to mistake problems in the neck or elsewhere for problems at the elbow. The recovery after surgery takes a long time and you need to follow all the exercise regimen. ...Read more

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What is the recovery for surgery to shorten an ulnar in the wrist?

What is the recovery for surgery to shorten an ulnar in the wrist?

Ulnar shortening: is when a thin section of the ulna, the forearm.wrist bone on the little finger side of the forearm is removed, and the ulna is plated and fixed . thistreduces the contact of the ulna at the wrist with the structures there such as the carpal bones. The ulna typically heals in around 8 weeks and early on light activity is fine/encouraged but full strength and mobility may take a month or two more. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about ulnar nerve subluxation surgery?

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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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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How serious is ulnar nerve entrapment surgery?

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?

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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Nerve test showed ulnar monoeuropathy from moderate to severe cubital tunnel. Ortho follow up recommended surgery next week, do I really need surgery?

Nerve test showed ulnar monoeuropathy from moderate to severe cubital tunnel. Ortho follow up recommended surgery next week, do I really need surgery?

Discuss with surgeon: Only you and the surgeon can decide that answer, as you do indeed have moderate to severe issues as per the emg, so depending on the discomfort you have and the condition as it presents, you may need the surgery, but a discussion with the dr. Who examined you and ordered the test is needed to come to a definitive answer. Best wishes. ...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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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?

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