Incidence of re-operation and subjective outcome following in situ decompression of the ulnar nerve at the cubital tunnel

C. A. Goldfarb, M. M. Sutter, E. J. Martens, P. R. Manske

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Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to determine the failure rate of in situ decompression for cubital tunnel syndrome as determined by the need for additional surgery. We performed a comprehensive chart review of 56 adult patients who had undergone in situ decompression for cubital tunnel syndrome in 69 extremities with more than 1 year follow-up. The patients completed a comprehensive questionnaire concerning preoperative and postoperative pain, numbness, and weakness. After decompression, symptoms were improved substantially or resolved. Five limbs (7%) with persistent symptoms postoperatively were treated successfully with anterior submuscular transposition. These data suggest that in situ decompression of the ulnar nerve is a reliable treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome and has a low failure rate. The uncommon patient with continued symptoms after decompression can be treated effectively with transposition of the ulnar nerve.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-383
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery: European Volume
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 12 2009

Keywords

  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Decompression
  • Outcome
  • Ulnar nerve

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