What is Endoscopic Cubital Tunnel Release Surgery?
Like carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome—also known as ulnar nerve entrapment–is also a condition affecting one of the nerves providing feeling and function to the hand. Similar to carpal tunnel, it’s caused by compression of a nerve. In this case, the nerve affected is the ulnar nerve, which serves the ring and pinky fingers. This nerve becomes compressed where it passes through the cubital tunnel, which is located just inside the elbow. Endoscopic cubital tunnel release surgery is the surgery used to correct cubital tunnel syndrome.
What are the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome?
You may have cubital tunnel syndrome if you experience:
- Pain along the inside of your elbow
- Tingling, numbness, or pain in your hand
- The feeling that your ring or pinky finger have fallen asleep; this is more common when your elbow is bent
- Weakness or lack of coordination in your fingers
- Difficulty gripping things with your pinky and/or ring fingers
- Muscle atrophy (loss of muscle mass) in your hand
Why is endoscopic cubital tunnel release surgery performed?
People experiencing the symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome typically try conservative treatments first. These nonsurgical treatments can include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen
- Physical therapy, which teaches exercises and stretches to relieve pressure on the nerve
- Corticosteroid shots to the affected area to relieve inflammation
Most cases of cubital tunnel syndrome can be resolved with conservative treatment. However, severe cases may require cubital tunnel release surgery. Examples of situations that could require surgery include when the ulnar nerve is significantly compressed or when nerve compression has resulted in muscle weakness or damage.
Where can I undergo endoscopic cubital tunnel release surgery in Long Island?
At Mirza Orthopedics, we offer a cutting-edge endoscopic tunnel release procedure that is a minimally invasive option for decompression of the ulnar nerve.
Our system, which was developed by Dr. Ather Mirza, is the only option available to surgeons that uses a clear cannula (a small tube) which provides complete protection and visualization of the ulnar nerve throughout the procedure. This technique allows the surgeon to view and precisely cut the compressive tissue surrounding the nerve with ease and safety.
What are the advantages of endoscopic cubital tunnel release surgery?
Endoscopic cubital tunnel release surgery is an innovative technique that leads to improved patient recovery as well as:
- A smaller incision compared to other techniques; this means not only less post-surgical pain but also a smaller scar
- Earlier return to normal range of motion and normal daily activities
- Less trauma to the tissues during surgery, and less pain
How can I get started?
The first step toward relieving the discomfort of cubital tunnel syndrome is to consult with one of the orthopedic specialists at Mirza Orthopedics. During your consultation, we will discuss your condition with you and choose the best option for your situation.
Contact Mirza Orthopedics today for a consultation with one of our specialists, and learn how you can find relief from cubital tunnel syndrome.