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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it normal to have positive ulnar variance after surgery. Other words to have metal plate inserted in wrist that is too short?

Is it normal to have positive ulnar variance after surgery. Other words to have metal plate inserted in wrist that is too short?

No: Positive ulnar variant refers to the fact that the ulna extends beyond the articular surface of the radius. If you had radial fracture would indicate compaction of the fracture resulting in shortening of the radius. If it was an ulnar fracture then may be distraction at the reduction site lengthening the ulna. This can occur as as a natural growth abnormality diagnosed by previous xrays. ...Read more

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Negative EMG - Diagnosed with Ulnar Neuropathy. Is surgery still beneficial as a preventative measure (to avoid muscle wasting) at this stage?

Negative EMG - Diagnosed with Ulnar Neuropathy. Is surgery still beneficial as a preventative measure (to avoid muscle wasting) at this stage?

It depends: If the ulnar neuropathy was demonstrated from an imaging study showing a compression or other specific cause surgery might be beneficial but the lack of correlation to the EMG/NCV is bothersome. Discuss further with your doctor about the benefits of surgery and the current diagnosis before proceeding would be a suggestion. ...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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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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How are endocrine disorders linked to carpal tunnel, and can they affect more like the ulnar nerve? I hd surgery last month for ctr and guyon's canal.

How are endocrine disorders linked to carpal tunnel, and can they affect more like the ulnar nerve? I hd surgery last month for ctr and guyon's canal.

Causation: Carpal tunnel syndrome, in part, represents a synovitis and inflammation narrows the canal. Hypothyroidism and acromegaly (a pituitary growth hormone disorder) are endocrine disorders which cause cts. Diabetes is another (insulin issues--adrenal problems). Pregnancy, not fully endocrine, another cause. Not unique to have other nerves involved, such as ulnar. ...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 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