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Alpine Physical Therapy
Three Locations
In North, South, and Downtown Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
Ph: 406-251-2323
Fax: 406-251-2999

Child Orthopedics
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Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
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Due to ongoing problems of cubital tunnel syndrome, my doctor is suggesting surgery. What does surgery for this problem usually involve?

Doctors use two different methods to correct problems of cubital tunnel syndrome. The first, called ulnar nerve transposition, is done by forming a new tunnel using the flexor muscles of the forearm. As the name implies, the nerve is actually moved (transposed) into the new tunnel.

A second procedure is done by taking the bump off the inside edge of the elbow, the medial epicondyle.  Doctors call this procedure medial epicondylectomy ("ectomy" means to remove). This keeps the ulnar nerve from hitting the bump and allows it to slide easily through the cubital tunnel.


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