The goal of a cubital tunnel surgery is to release the pressure on the ulnar nerve where it passes through the cubital tunnel. The procedure usually takes 30 to 45 minutes under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make a cut over the back of the inner side of your elbow, cutting any tight tissue that is compressing the nerve. A piece of bone may need to be removed, or the nerve will be moved so that it lies in front of your elbow. Your surgeon will close your skin with subcuticular stitches. Cubital tunnel release is usually performed as a day case meaning you will be able to go home the day of your surgery.
You will be put into a POP splint which is removed in ten days when you start mobilising the elbow. You will be given some range-of-motion exercises to mobilise your elbow after surgery by the physiotherapist on the ward. Therapy can progress quickly after this type of surgery working on active stretching and strengthening. The physiotherapist will teach you a number of ways to avoid future problems.