Once I have the surgery, will I require any further treatment?
Dr Safvat recommends patients that undergo Cubital Tunnel Release undergo hand therapy following their surgery. Dr Safvat will go through the recovery process in detail during the consultation.
How long before I can use my hand properly after the surgery?
Following cubital tunnel surgery, you can expect discomfort, swelling, and stiffness. Most patients can return to light work within a few days, but it may take 6-8 weeks to return to more physical work.
Are there any alternatives to surgery?
Splinting to rest the elbow, activity modification (especially to avoid bending the elbow), nerve gliding, steroid injection around the ulnar nerve and anti-inflammatory tablets are options before going down the surgical path. These options are usually done in conjunction with Hand Therapy. However, if the symptoms persist, surgery may be the best option.