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Is ulnar nerve decompression usually successful?

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.

Are you experiencing compression of the ulnar nerve caused due to injury or excessive pressure placed on the elbow? If so, you may be a candidate for ulnar nerve decompression. The surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital provide diagnosis and both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for patients who are suffering from nerve compression.

It’s important to promptly see the plastic surgery specialists at Cedars Sinai-Marina del Rey Hospital if an ulnar nerve entrapment is suspected. Statistically, this procedure has a success rate of 95%. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and is performed either in the hospital or an outpatient surgery center and patients will go home the same day.

Consult with your doctor about the outcome of your surgery

There are multiple surgical procedures that will relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow, including cubital tunnel decompression, anterior transposition, and medial epicondylectomy. The plastic surgery specialists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital can discuss which procedure would be best for the type of ulnar nerve entrapment experienced.

Age, type of compression, area of entrapment, patient general health, and the presence of nerve damage, all play a role in deciding which ulnar nerve release and ulnar nerve decompression surgery to perform.

Although the rate of complications is as low as 5%, the procedure involves certain risks and complications, such as:

  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Elbow instability
  • Elbow flexion contracture
  • Pain at site of scar
  • Symptoms unresolved even after the surgery

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