How soon will I be discharged after an ulnar nerve decompression procedure?

Ulnar nerve decompression surgery is usually a day procedure which means you can go home on the same day as your surgery. It is also possible to spend the night in the hospital and be discharged the following day. We will be able to tell you how long your hospital stay is going to be after you have the intervention and we evaluate its outcome.

If your physician determines that ulnar nerve decompression surgery is the best course of treatment for cubital tunnel syndrome, also known as ulnar nerve entrapment, there are several techniques currently in use:

  • Cubital tunnel release involves cutting and dividing the roof of the tunnel to increase the size of the space under the bony bump near the inside of the elbow.
  • Ulnar nerve anterior transposition involves repositioning the nerve. As with all potential surgeries, you should discuss the pros and cons of ulnar nerve decompression with your physician.

As with all potential surgeries, you should discuss the pros and cons of ulnar nerve decompression with your physician.

You will probably be discharged from the hospital the same day you undergo the intervention

The procedure, which involves the following steps, is mostly performed in an outpatient setting and usually takes less than an hour:

  • General or local anesthesia with or without sedation is administered to the patient.
  • A 3- to 4-inch incision is made on the inner aspect of the elbow allowing the nerve to be viewed and assessed.
  • The surgeon then divides the overlying ligament increasing the size of the tunnel and reducing pressure on the ulnar nerve.
  • The incision will be sutured after confirming adequate decompression of the ulnar nerve and sterile bandages are applied.

Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for ulnar nerve decompression

  • We have a team of orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, and musculoskeletal physiotherapists, who provide a comprehensive service for patients who suffer from ulnar nerve entrapment or other hand and wrist conditions.
  • During your initial consultation, you will be seen by a doctor who is specifically trained and has experience in performing ulnar nerve decompression surgery.
  • She/he will discuss with you if they feel any further diagnostic tests such as scans or blood tests are needed, and if there are any other treatment pathways to consider such as physiotherapy, which might be an option, or if you can be booked straight in for the procedure.

Disclaimer: We do not assume responsibility for the use of the provided information or its interpretation. Our efforts are towards providing current and reliable information; however these should not be considered, or used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment.

Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/