Cclumby, I just got my cast off from my ulnar nerve surgery today. I'm in alot of pain right now, Not sure if it was worth it just yet. What do they want to do to you? With me , I had a ulnar nerve transposition , which means they moved the nerve because it was getting pinched in my arm . so....what was your question again?
Ron. I'm waiting for my appointment in 2 weeks with the specialist. My family doctor feels that I will need the nerve transposition. I was hoping that if I stopped my current job, that my nerve would get better without surgery. Dreamin heh!! Anyhoo, once you go under the knife, how long does the cast stay on? How much rehab after it comes off? I hate down time.
Thanks for your reply.
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I just had carpal tunnel surery in Dec. I also have ulna nerve damage. Orthopedic surgeon told me about 20% cases also have the ulna nerve damage and the surgery usually relieves the ulna nerve problem. I had severe pain along the arm up to my shoulders-elbow area hurt all the time especially when I typed and my arm was bent. Since the surgery-it seems to have helped the ulna nerve problem. You might want to check for carpal tunnel also. Both were comfirmed with an EMG. I have been told that the ulna nerve surgery is quite painful.
Cclumby,The surgery I had was NOT carpal tunnel syndrome, The ulnar nerve is a completely different thing, I had my surgery (ulnar nerve transposition) on march 23rd I got my cast off yesterday(april11). I am basically a paper pusher, so I was back to work in 3 days.
Now that the cast is off my arm is VERY sensitive, and I have more numbness now then I did before. Kinda crappy actually,Not to sure it was worth it because the darn pain seems to be more intense now then before, but that could just be from the surgery...
I have not mentioned carpal, that was someone else. I definately have Ulnar Nerve damage, just don't know the extent. Sounds like I'm in for some fun though, I don't have a desk job. Recovery could take a while, but as long as the end result is good, I'll do whatever. Let me know how you make out in the weeks to come, I'll keep checking back at this site.
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ok cclumby, i will....
but i`ll tell ya now, im a hurting unit, i thought it would be much smoother then this, ALOT of numbness and discomfort so far, i cant lean on my arm at all, which i do alot sitting at a desk.....the doc said it could take up to a year ! he didnt mention that before the surgery, ask your doc as many questions as you can before you go under the knife, they sure seem to keep the negative details for after they are done,yaknow....
Still laughing from "as I don't want second hand info." Well, I had a surgery on my cubital tunnel - a ulnar release with medial epicondylectomy. You did not mention your symptoms or how you were diagnoses. Have you had a nerve conduction study and emg? Do you know where your ulnar nerve is damaged?
My care is through workers comp. I wish more time was spent with diagnosis before I had surgery. After surgery, I still had problems plus a whole new set of problems I am a thin guy and the release surgery left my ulnar nerve flapping around at the surface. It brings new meaning to a funny bone. After a while I had another more carefully performed NCS and EMG (2nd emg not done by a workers comp ***** doctor). Now they tell me the ulnar nerve is pinched in the wrist (palm?) at the Guyon's canal and scare tissue at the surgery site is pinching the nerve. By the way, a cervical radiculopathy (nerve pinched where it comes out of the neck) can cause similar symptoms.
The nerve conduction study with an emg is the gold standard for objective testing of nerve entrapments. But some doctors take more time and care when performing this test and really try to pinpoint the problem. I think the first one I had was a rush job and they picked the elbow because it is the most common site for ulnar nerve damage.
When you see the surgeon, ask him about conservative treatment (non surgery) if he does not bring it up. If you spend a lot of time with your elbow bent - try resting/sleeping with your arm straight. I knew a lady with ulanr nerve problems that were caused by talking on the phone most of the day at work with here elbow bent and resting on the desk. She changed the way she talked on the phone and her problems went away (if I remember right it took a long time for her symptoms to disappear).
I had a soft cast after surgery. It allowed me to slightly bend my arm. Bending was incouraged. If I remeber correctly, the surgeon was mostly concerned that I could straighten my elbow after surgery since the bending comes back more naturally. I can't remember how long I had the cast. I had the surgery almost two years ago. I still have problems.
I am not a fan of surgery. You won't get any positive reassurance from me. Two additional surgeries have been recommended to me but I am gun shy about going under the knife a second time. Take care and good luck.
Just finished up with carpel tunnel surgery on both hands, cubital tunnell surgery and lateral epicondilectomy on both arms. Left arm/hand was done 1/05, right arm and hand was done 4/15/05. I can answer alot of questions for any one interested.
I Like the others will tell you that I had ulnar nerve transposition surgery in december and am in FAR more pain than I ever was before the surgery, although the surgery was nessecary as I was losing the use of my hand. It's been almost 5 months and I have yet to go back to work and although it is workmans comp since it is related to repetetive injury the extra pain is not worth it if surgery is an option for you. I have have just as much if not more numbness and tingling and far more pain than before sugery.
Thanks to all the replies. I went to the specialist on April 28th and had a nerve conductivity test. According to the test, the problem is in my elbow. I thought that would mean surgery, but he said that in alot of cases, the nerve will get better on its own. He told me to wear a hockey elbow pad to bed and during the day as much as possible to keep my elbow straighter.
Interesting note, He said they used to operate on all patients with my condition and in 3 months, most would be back to normal. Most of the people that did not listen and avoided surgery, also got better in 3 months.
May be just wishfull thinking, but my fingers have had a bit more sensation in the past couple of weeks. I will post if my condition improves more and may save someone else an operation that is NOT always needed.