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DAY TWO AFTER CUBITAL TUNNEL RELEASE SURGERY …

On Thursday I had my ulnar nerve release without transposition. I arrived at 7am as requested and was surprised to find my consultant ready and waiting to start the surgery. My anesthetist saw me first and was a really lovely gentleman who explained that I would have a block which he would give me under my armpit using an ultrasound machine, and I would also have a sedation so that I would be comfortable throughout.

My Orthopaedic consultant then went through my nerve conduction tests which showed I had a trapped ulnar nerve but also some carpel tunnel problems. He said we would chat about the carpel tunnel when I next saw him and then went into detail about what to expect after surgery.

Before you could say ‘Jack Robinson’, I was being taken down to the anesthetic room where my anesthetist said he would soon have me comfy and asked if I would like a bit of champagne to get me nice and relaxed. ‘I’d love some’, I said, and was soon feeling the benefits of this lovely relaxant. The block put into my armpit was easy and I was soon wheeled into the operating theatre to be met by my consultant ready for the procedure. I was already feeling nice and relaxed and my second dose of champagne ( brilliant name for it) was given to me and off I went into the land of nod.

The next thing I remember is being in recovery and the nurse who was looking after me talking non stop about blogging. I guess he must have asked me what I did and when I said I was a blogger then the flood gates opened. I do hope I gave him the right advice as I cannot remember much of what I said. I was soon back on the day ward and after a visit from the physiotherapist soon back home. How amazing is that?

I was told the dead arm (it literally was) which was being held in a sling would feel like that for at least 4 hours or longer and to be ready to take some pain medication before it wore off. By the time I got home all I wanted to do was go to bed and sleep but I had been told by the physiotherapist that I had to sleep upright for the first night so I knew my sleep would be pretty uncomfortable.

My sleep for the next 48 hours was pretty horrendous – sleeping sitting up is bad enough but with my neck and lumber back problems it made it much harder to get comfortable at all. I am allowed to take my sling off tonight to sleep so I can’t wait for that and I have tried to not sleep much today so I can sleep better tonight.

The wound is very sore today and discomfort where the block went in is making some of my exercises a tad more difficult to do but I am behaving myself and doing as they told me and being totally pampered by my wonderful husband. What I did in life to deserve such a caring husband I have not idea but I will be forever grateful.

 

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ULNAR NERVE SURGERY AND SPINAL FACET JOINT INJECTIONS…

I have had a number of appointments this week with regards to my ulnar nerve decompression surgery next week. One appointment I had was with my pain consultant for a chat about my facet joint injections which are booked in for the end of the month. My consultant wanted to know how I had got on with the two he gave me last time to decide if this was how we were going to proceed this time and I was delighted to tell him how successful they had been.

However, when I told him about my ulnar nerve decompression surgery next week he advised me to cancel the facet joint injections for at least another six weeks after my decompression surgery. It was something to do with the reaction from surgery and the use of the steroid injection etc.

I also went for my pre-op appointment today for the usual bloods and a chat on what to expect before and after the surgery I am having next week. The staff were very pleasant and sympathetic and I explained my main problem being my spine and so I am having a nerve block with sedation so that I will be more comfortable. The last thing I want to do is feel the need to move myself when the surgeon is dealing with a nerve.

I am not feeling anxious about the surgery, I just want to get it sorted now and get on the road to recovery, in fact the delay in my spinal injections is bothering me more than the surgery but you have to be guided by the professionals on this. I am disappointed that I am unable to go to the Back Pain Show in Birmingham this year but unfortunately it’s a couple of days after my surgery so out of the questions.

I hope it won’t be long before I am back blogging regularly like I do at the moment but I realise that using only my left hand will make it a much longer process so my posts maybe a bit shorter than normal.

 

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MY SURGERY FOR ULNAR NERVE ENTRAPMENT…

After suffering since December with numbness and tingling in the small and ring fingers, and pain in the elbow and fingers, I tried all the conservative methods to heal my problem but it just got worse.  Ulnar nerve entrapment is also called cubital tunnel syndrome and ulnar tunnel syndrome. It’s the second most common nerve entrapment after carpal tunnel syndrome. It can cause numbness, tingling and/or pain in the arm and certain fingers. The condition is caused by compression or irritation of the ulnar nerve.

I saw an Orthopaedic consultant last month who felt it was a trapped ulnar nerve in my elbow and sent me for some nerve conduction tests to confirm his findings. I went back for my results yesterday and it was clear that I have a trapped nerve which needs surgery. I was told that if I decided to leave the surgery then I could run the risk of impaired hand function so I have to have the surgery.

My surgeon will make a cut over the back of your elbow on the inner side. He will cut any tight tissue that is compressing the nerve. Sometimes they may need to remove a piece of bone, or move the nerve so that it lies in front of the elbow, but that will be decided on the day of surgery.

The goals and potential benefits of surgery include:

  • Relief of neural compression
  • Pain reduction
  • Prevention of further deterioration

The chance of obtaining a significant benefit from surgery depends upon a wide variety of factors, and in some it can take a while to recover, but with it being my right hand I just need to get the operation done and hope it all improves.