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Is ulnar nerve decompression usually successful?

The outcome of your surgery will most probably be satisfactory. However, you should also understand that each intervention involves some potential complications.

If your symptoms do not disappear with medication and certain changes in your everyday activities, your doctor may determine that the surgical procedure is the best option to stop further damage to the ulnar nerve.

Damage to this nerve can occur:

  • from injuries
  • in rare cases from a tumor

Damage to the ulnar nerve can lead to loss of function in the muscles of the hand supplied to the ulnar nerve and can result in a continuous sensation of numbness or tingling.

Consult with your doctor about the outcome of your surgery

The goal of the surgical procedure - called nerve decompression - is to explore the nerve in the region of the elbow and release the pressure and stress that are causing the dysfunction of the nerve. With this procedure, the surgeon creates a new tunnel where the ulnar nerve is in a more comfortable position. Your doctor can tell you what expectations you should have only after you are examined. Based on your condition and your general health, the doctor will tell if you are a suitable candidate for this intervention. In the hands of our trained and experienced surgeons, ulnar nerve decompression will most likely bring you the desired outcome. Statistically, the rate of complications is as low as 5%.

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