Cubital Tunnel Treatment

Dr. Boyd W. Haynes III, of Orthopaedic & Spine Center (OSC) in Newport News, is now offering Endoscopic Cubital Tunnel Release to patients with Cubital Tunnel Syndrome who need surgical intervention. Dr. Haynes is the first physician on the Peninsula to perform this procedure.

What is cubital tunnel syndrome?

This is a condition brought on by increased pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow. The ulnar nerve lies directly next to a bump of bone on the inner portion of the elbow and is susceptible to pressure. When the pressure on the nerve becomes great enough to disturb the way the nerve works, numbness, tingling, and pain may be felt in the elbow, forearm, hand and fingers.

How we diagnose your condition

A nerve conduction study may be done to diagnose and determine how much damage has been done. This will test how well the nerve is working and identify where it is being compressed. OSC can perform Electromyography in our office.

How we treat cubital tunnel syndrome symptoms

First we will try NSAID medications, bracing or splinting, and physical therapy. If conservative treatment does not work, the patient may elect to have surgery. The surgical option Dr. Haynes uses is the Endoscopic Cubital Tunnel Release, which is a minimally-invasive surgical option for decompression of the ulnar nerve.

How does Endoscopic Cubital Tunnel Release (ECTR) work?

In this surgery, the endoscope illuminates the affected area and irritated nerve without disrupting the surrounding soft tissue. Dr. Haynes cuts and divides the cubital tunnel, which increases the size of the tunnel and releases the nerve’s compression, relieving the pain and allowing the nerve to heal. The endoscopic cutting tool is able to achieve easier decompression than traditional surgery. The small incision and delicate approach enable patients to move the arm more quickly. This translates to a less painful recovery, restored function and an expedited return-to-work.

To make an appointment for a consultation about ulnar nerve pain and possible cubital tunnel syndrome symptoms, call our Appointment Desk at 757-596-1900. Our orthopaedic specialists will help you learn about treatment options that can make you feel better.