The approach to treatment of cubital tunnel syndrome depends on the severity and duration of symptoms and associated debility, as well on the degree of damage to the nerve based on the nerve conduction study. Generally, a trial of conservative treatment is attempted initially, and can help improve symptoms. Those include activity modification, night-time splints designed to keep the elbow straight at night and oral anti-inflammatory medication. If these approaches do not lead to resolution of symptoms, operative treatment can be considered. Surgery involves an ulnar nerve decompression and transposition, which means freeing up the nerve from any tethers in the area and positioning it on the front of the elbow where it is not subjected to high levels of tension when the elbow is bent.
At Oceana Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr. Aboka brings added expertise in minimally invasive treatment of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, facilitating your return to pain-free function. These procedure are outpatient/same-day surgery, and lead to less pain and scarring and quicker recovery and return to normal function.