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Hi all,

I am having ulnar nerve transposition surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome on May 30th. Can anyone tell me what post op to expect. I am ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED!! I am a dental hygienist and am wondering how long I will be out of work. Can anyone give me any info???

Thanks!
[QUOTE=hygieneguru;2994191]Hi all,

I am having ulnar nerve transposition surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome on May 30th. Can anyone tell me what post op to expect. I am ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED!! I am a dental hygienist and am wondering how long I will be out of work. Can anyone give me any info???

Thanks![/QUOTE]

Hey, I had the surgery 11 days after yours. How you doing?
[QUOTE=hygieneguru;2994191]Hi all,

I am having ulnar nerve transposition surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome on May 30th. Can anyone tell me what post op to expect. I am ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED!! I am a dental hygienist and am wondering how long I will be out of work. Can anyone give me any info???

Thanks![/QUOTE]

Hi I wanted to respond. I am a dental hygienist too. I am having carpal tunnel, and ulner nerve surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome...so two surgeries. I am worried about it affecting my fingers and the fine motor skills needed to do my job. What we do is very tedious...like some of those ladies pain stakingly making quilts with those needles (the old fashioned way) u get mmy point...holding needles...i hope i dont loose my fine moter skills. I was wondering if the other hygienist on here had her surgery and has been able to return to work yet, and was there any perm. affects?

I also am wondering for those who had the pain prior to surgery if it went up your arm , crossed over your shoulder and shot down towards your scapula over towards the rotator cuff area? I know its all affected. They know now it is the medial nerve causing the wrist, then stubbled across the ulnar being the culprit for the elbow...I am wondering now, if there is some other nerve at the top of the should causing the rotator area. Man I will be so glad to get this taken care of. The pain has just been unbelievable! I told my husband if I had to go into another career, I sure dont know what I am going to do with no hands...hmmm maybe i can test out foot massagers and tell them if they feel good!
Hi,
I had that surgery 5 weeks ago today. They were just supposed to move the ulnar nerve but the nerve was so stretched out that they had to cut the muscles and then move the nerve. I wore a 1/2 cast for about 3 weeks and haven't worn anything since.
I will admit I did not expect the pain that I had after the surgery. When they give you pain meds take it like it says. Don't wait for it to hurt. That was what I did wrong because I didnt want to take the meds all the time. At 5 weeks post op I can't fullly straighten my arm and if I put my arm above my head I get a jolt of pain. I still have some tingling on the outside of my hand but the incision looks very good. I have my appointment tomorrow so we will see what he says about it.
Lori
Hello, I had ulnar nerve transposition surgery 2/26/08. Cubital Tunnel syndrome came about for me as a result of an inury in an automobile accident. Recovery for me was a little slow, but at the end of 3 months post op. I felt so much better. I would definitely have the surgery again, if needed! Range of motion is back and the healing twinges are less and less every day. Recovery for someone your age should be swift. Take the pain meds as prescribed in the beginning. You will eventually wean yourself off of them at your own pace. Best of everything to you. This is a blip on the screen of your life. I promise you will do fine.
I didn't drive for about three weeks, about a week after the stitches came out. Strength and range of motion are the biggest drawbacks to active driving. Stretching my arm to scan my work badge for the reader when I came back to work, (4 weeks post op) was a challenge, but it got incrimentally better every day. Your range of motion will improve, some quicker than others. Age, degree of disability prior to surgery all play pivotal roles in recovery phases. Best of everything to you, Keep a positive outlook and stop when it hurts.
I have to admit that going back to work at 4 weeks was really pushing it for me. I only worked half days most of the time and was dead tired and hurting by the time I got home. If I had a choice, I would of stayed home another month and then gradually weaned myself back into the routine of work. I believe that my surgeon didn't want to release me for work, but the laws being what they are, he told me to work as I felt able. so I did. I understand that the shaving of the bone is utterly painful, I am so sorry that you had to go through that part of it as well. I pray that the outcome will be a good one, it does take time though, you had a lot done. Chin up, this will pass, eventually. I am now 5 months post op and I finally feel almost normal. I have issues with my cervical spine and if I do too much, for example, sweep and mop my floors at home, I pay for it later ... lots of spasms ... but my elbow and wrist are improving everyday. I am so thankful.





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