About Cubital Tunnel
Located on the inside part of the elbow, the cubital tunnel is a passageway that is formed by bone, ligaments, and muscle. Through the center of the cubital tunnel is the ulnar nerve, and this nerve may become damaged by an injury or continuous use of the elbow. Identified as cubital tunnel syndrome, this may lead to lasting nerve damage in the hand if not properly treated. At Gordon Plastic Surgery, board-certified surgeon Dr. Steven Gordon performs cubital tunnel release surgery in order to effectively eradicate the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome, which often include:
- Numbness and tingling in the small and ring fingers
- A weakened hand grip
- Decreased muscle tone and mass at the back of the hand
If you suspect that you may have cubital tunnel syndrome or have already been diagnosed, we invite you to contact our The Woodlands, TX facility to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation.
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During a cubital tunnel release procedure, the goal is to release the pressure that has been placed on the ulnar nerve. The approach used throughout the procedure may vary from patient to patient, depending on the severity of their syndrome. Under either general or local anesthesia, Dr. Gordon performs two surgical methods to treat cubital tunnel syndrome, including:
- Ulnar nerve in situ decompression: This technique involves a small incision over the cubital tunnel and release of the constricting tissue around the nerve.
- Ulnar nerve transposition: This technique is often used in revision cases or cases where the ulnar nerve displaces, or "pops" out of the groove at the elbow. The procedure involves the creation of a new route for the nerve to travel to avoid issues with compression and nerve displacement.
In your extensive consultation, Dr. Gordon will examine your current symptoms and may recommend nerve studies to further evaluate your condition to recommend the most appropriate treatment plan
What to Expect
After your procedure, our surgical team will provide you with all necessary aftercare instructions to ensure that you heal properly. Dr. Gordon may also recommend occupational therapy in order to aid in the regaining of movement and strength within your arm. You will also need to attend follow-up appointments so that Dr. Gordon and his team can assess your recovery process.
Not only can cubital tunnel syndrome be painful, but it can also affect your movement and limit your daily activities. At Gordon Plastic Surgery, Dr. Steven Gordon and his surgical team offer advanced approaches for treatment in order to relieve your symptoms. Contact our facility in The Woodlands, TX to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation.