Friday, September 18, 2009

Hope for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Stacey Berner, M.D., medical director of the Hand Center at Northwest Hospital, has become the first surgeon in Maryland to perform a revolutionary new hand surgery to help alleviate cubital tunnel syndrome.

"Typically, the new procedure allows for the decompression of the ulnar nerve of the elbow with an incision as small as one-inch," Berner says. "The new approach of using an endoscope significantly decreases the amount of time and scarring associated with a decompression."

Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by the compression of the ulnar nerve in the elbow. The ulnar nerve is one of the main nerves of the forearm and hand. Symptoms include numbness and tinging in the fingers, along with weakness of grip. Office workers and others who operate machinery with a bent elbow are often effected.

One blog from a patient who underwent surgery for cubital tunnel sydrome is here.

The traditional treatment of this condition often required surgery that would leave extensive scarring. However, Berner's latest approach can require only a one-inch incision and take as little as 15 minutes in the operating room. This is possible because this new technique utilizes an endoscope or operating telescope to assist the surgeon.

To learn more about the Hand Center at Northwest, call 410-601-WELL (9355).

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