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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=john449;3233844]There's quite a bit on this in the Carpal Tunnel bboard..[/QUOTE]

Hi There

I had this surgery on June 11/07. I had swelling and bruising from the shoulder to hand and was bandaged for 10 days. I then went to have the staples removed and started physiotherapy a week later. I was pretty sore, could not bend at the elbow due to the inflammation and painful bruising. The scar and area were very tender and sensitive to materials/touch but I massaged a couple times a day over the scar especially with cocoa butter to reduce scar tissue. across the scar more than along it. The incision healed great but it was pretty tender and sensitive, still is a little. It was suggested that I expose the scar and area to different textures. Wow that hurt sometimes.I was taking very little pain medication but icing and anti-inflammatories.

At physio, which I am just finishing this week we worked mostly on regaining full range of motion so I could complete my daily living tasks at least. As able I have been working on strengthening. I am still uncomfortable at times but improving slowly. My Surgeon told me I am progressing slower than he thought so I guess it is different for all dependant on the compression, how long it had been a problem for example.
Hope this sheds a little light on what you may expect although we all do heal differently. Stay positive, ride out the not so good days and good luck.

Sandra
I had the cubital tunnel transpostion surgery about a year and a few months ago. My surgery went well. They did the surgery as day surgery and under local ansthesia. I had no problems with anstheia. I had the surgery in the ellbow. I had the staples in there for 10 days then the staples were removed. Once the staples were removed I could do alot more. Afer the staples were removed i could drive again since my arm was out of the sling. As for full recovery I pretty much doing everything about 2 months after surgery but am still limited to how much I can lift now as they told me if i lift more than 20 lbs i could land back in the hospital again for surgery and it would be more invasive. don't be scared i am sure your in good hands with your surgon.;)
[QUOTE=marze1;3268919]I had the cubital tunnel transpostion surgery about a year and a few months ago. My surgery went well. They did the surgery as day surgery and under local ansthesia. I had no problems with anstheia. I had the surgery in the ellbow. I had the staples in there for 10 days then the staples were removed. Once the staples were removed I could do alot more. Afer the staples were removed i could drive again since my arm was out of the sling. As for full recovery I pretty much doing everything about 2 months after surgery but am still limited to how much I can lift now as they told me if i lift more than 20 lbs i could land back in the hospital again for surgery and it would be more invasive. don't be scared i am sure your in good hands with your surgon.;)[/QUOTE]

I don't understand your writing. Will you ever be able to lift more than 20 lbs? My apologies if English is not your first language.
I had my surgery but now it is Jan 08 and it is hurting again. Question: can cold temps and barometric pressure cause pain? What do you think??
Oh yes cold temperatures and storms can definitely cause pain. Check out the weather channel website and look at the map of aches and pains. They rate on a scale of 1-10 what the aches&pains forecast is and it is usually pretty accurate for me. I see you are in Indiana and the forecast is 5 Moderate today. I have had to increase my pain meds since it has turned colder here in Ohio.

Brian
I have had the surgery twice on my right arm and once on the left, and looking to have more I have had so many problems with my arms if it gets to cold I can lose the ability to use them.. I have to explain to people why I carry a heating blanket and a converter in my car... In some states they have banned this surgery.. be careful do the research....

Sher
[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!
[QUOTE=gigi3;3506067]Hi I wanted to respond. :angel: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![/QUOTE]
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Hello, I work for an attorney who is looking for articles relating cubital tunnel and use of vibratory tools, in particular, those used bu dental hygienists. Can anyone help me? thanks , dh50
Hey, I'm 13 years old and going to have ulnar nerve transposition surgery at the end of july and im really freaked out about it. I dont really know what to expect. I am very active and want to know how long i will be out for. I know that everyone is different but if you could explain to me you experienced after your surgery that would be great.
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.
why didnt yours go ok im still in pain it didnt help i now havereflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome and also nerve damage clear in my neck...
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.
Thanks Rose! You went back to work after only 4 weeks??? There is NO way I can. Doc said not for 2 - 3 months. I also have to scan a badge, but my job requires LOTS of repetetive hand/arm movement. At home I'm making some progress and I don't push it. What I didn't know until afterwards is that the surgeon shaved the bone also. That's what's giving me the most trouble. Anyway, best to you as well.
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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