Hand Surgery

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression or irritation of the ulnar nerve around the elbow. Symptoms may include numbness and tingling in the little and ring fingers, aching in the hand and forearm and weakness in the hand/wrist. Symptoms may often be triggered by leaning on the elbow for a time, or sleeping with the elbow bent.

Sometimes the symptoms may be alleviated with splinting and exercise/retraining techniques. Persistent symptoms, especially occurring during the day may require surgical release to relieve the compression of the nerve. Dr Potter will assess your symptoms and examine your arm and hand. After assessment, Dr Potter will discuss with you the best approach for managing your symptoms. If necessary Cubital tunnel release surgery may be performed either as a day case or inpatient stay surgery. It usually will involve some restrictions in the use of your arm for approximately 6 weeks.