Ulnar Nerve Release Surgery
One of the major nerves of the arm, the ulnar nerve runs from the neck and shoulder area down to the wrist and fingers. The narrowness and minimal soft tissue of the cubital tunnel make the ulnar nerve especially vulnerable to irritation. The nerve also stimulates your hand’s flexor muscles, allowing it to bend and move.
Symptoms of ulnar nerve entrapment
- intermittent numbness and tingling “falling asleep” in the ring and pinky fingers
- a weak grip
- difficulty controlling fingers for precise tasks, such as typing or playing an instrument
- cold sensitivity
- pain or tenderness in the inner elbow joint
Surgical approaches will only be used as the first line of treatment if the ulnar nerve entrapment is severe enough to cause muscle weakness and wasting.