Quote from photonut1998:Hi. I just had cubital tunnel surgery last week. Recovery depends on which surgery they do. I don't remember the names of the two different kinds, but the one I had has a quicker recovery time. My surgery was on Tuesday and the splint came off on Friday. Now it's wrapped in a bandage until next Monday - I can bend my arm, but the bandage keeps the bending to a minimum. I took two weeks off work, but I've been cleared to return to work almost a week earlier. As for driving, I drove the day after surgery...you just have to wait 24 hours after surgery, as long as you aren't on prescription pain meds. I didn't have to take the Vicodin, but I did take extra strength Tylenol for a day and a half after the surgery. Anyway, so far everything seems to be going well, it just tends to itch a lot.
I had my ulnar nerve transposition surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome performed on July 5th. For mine, they routed the ulnar nerve below the muscle. I left the hospital wearing a soft cast that immobilized my arm, and I definitely needed the Vicodin
for the first couple of days. After that though I too switched over to taking Tylenol. The Vicodin
just became stronger than what I needed for pain, and it was mainly just sedating me. Six days after the operation, so long as I don't try to do too much with the arm that had surgery, there really isn't any pain now.
Two weeks after my surgery I have an appointment to get the cast and stitches removed. I'd love to have just this cast removed now though. One thing about my surgery suprised me, instead of having a numb tingling feeling in half of my 4th finger and all of my 5th finger from the compressed ulnar nerve...now all of the fingers (particularly at the tips) on that hand are numb, tingling, and sore. Guess the surgeon did something to the median nerve in my arm when performing the procedure to move the ulnar nerve under the muscle. Nothing to do but wait and see how that improves with time as the arm heals.