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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Gupta, with an experience of 25 years and more than 18000 surgeries in the hand and upper extremity field in simple terms explains, “When the ulnar nerve is compressed or becomes problematic at the elbow it is called the Ulnar Nerve Entrapment or Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. The ulnar nerve is one of the three main nerves in your arm. It travels from your neck down into your hand and can be constricted in several places along the way but the most common place for compression of the nerve is behind the inside part of the elbow usually because here it has to travel through a narrow space with very little soft tissue to protect it.”

This nerve gives feeling to the little finger and half of the ring finger and controls most of the little muscles in the hand that help with fine movements and some of the bigger muscles in the forearm that helps you to make a strong grip.

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It is difficult to ascertain the exact cause of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome but usually the causes that might trigger it off can be a prior fracture or dislocation of the elbow, arthritis of the elbow and swelling of the elbow joint, cysts near the elbow joint and repetitive or prolonged activities that require elbow to be bent or flexed.

Most of the symptoms of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome occur in your hand accompanied by an aching pain on the inside of your elbow. Numbness and tingling in your ring and little finger are common symptoms of CTS besides which weakening of grip and difficulty in finger coordination (such as typing or playing an instrument) may also be felt and often the patient also feels numbness while answering the phone.

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Dr. Gupta, the first surgeon to perform endoscopic cubital tunnel release in India relatively says, “After discussing your symptoms and medical history, we examine your arm and hand to determine which nerve is compressed and where it is compressed. Thereafter we go in for certain diagnostic tests to ascertain the exact quantum of your problem.”

As regards treatment, in most cases we go in for anti inflammatory medicines, bracing or splinting to keep elbow in a straight position or nerve gliding exercises but if they do not improve your symptoms we may recommend surgery by technique which is best applicable to your condition such as by Cubital tunnel release, Ulnar nerve anterior transposition or by Medial epicondylectomy.

Nerves recover slowly, and it may take a long time to know how well the nerve will do after surgery but recovery is generally good and we did our first case in India of endoscopic cubital tunnel release with excellent results.

Watch Video of Endoscopic Cubital Tunnel Syndrome being performed by Dr. Vikas Gupta :

FAQ – Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

When the ulnar nerve in the arm is damaged as in compressed or stretched at the elbow, it is termed as Ulnar Nerve Entrapment or Cubital Tunnel Syndrome.

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