When is surgery indicated for ulnar neuropathy?

Updated: Jun 08, 2018
  • Author: Charles F Guardia, III, MD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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If nonsurgical methods fail and the patient has severe or progressive weakness or atrophy, specific surgical techniques (eg, decompression in situ, decompression with anterior transposition, and medial epicondylectomy) are often beneficial in cases of ulnar neuropathy at the elbow. [157, 158] Entrapments in the canal of Guyon are also amenable to surgical treatment. [1] Surgery is also valuable for correction or stabilization of traumatic injuries, resection of masses or cysts, and sectioning of fibrous bands.


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