Ulnar nerve transposition

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

If you're experiencing numbness and tingling in your hand, ulnar nerve transposition will help ease your symptoms

What is an ulnar nerve?

Your ulnar nerve runs along a groove in the inside of the elbow, just behind a bony structure called the medial epicondyle. It's covered by tissue which forms a structure called the cubital tunnel.

If the ulnar nerve becomes compressed, it can cause tingling and numbness in your hand and fingers. Compression can be caused by prolonged pressure on the ulnar nerve such as leaning your arm on a desk for too long.

The ulnar nerve transposition procedure helps to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve (nervus ulnaris) by relocating it.

Need to know

  • What happens during an ulnar nerve transposition? icon plus

    If your ulnar nerve is compressed at the elbow, your surgeon will make a five inch cut at the back (anterior) of your arm. The nerve is then moved from behind the medial epicondyle to a place just in front of it. This stops it getting caught on the bony ridge and hurting when you bend your elbow.

    Your surgeon may also move the nerve to lie on top of the muscle just under the skin and fat or within the muscle. This procedure takes place under general anaesthetic. 
  • How to prepare for your procedure icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you have. Because general anaesthetic is used during the procedure, you may need to fast for several hours before the operation. Your consultant will tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • After your procedure icon plus

    This operation is carried out as an outpatients appointment, so you'll go home the same day. When you wake up, your arm will be placed in a sling. You will need to wear the sling for the first two or three days.

    You will not be able to drive for around two weeks and you should book a fortnight off work. This is a fairly straightforward procedure, but it may take a few months before your symptoms improve.

Our ulnar nerve consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, including orthopaedics, neurosurgery and peripheral nerve, who are all experienced in cubital tunnel syndrome. 

Our locations

From complex hand surgery to diagnostic nerve tests and procedures, we provide exceptional hand and wrist care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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Our team can help with any enquiries or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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