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In Situ Open Cubital Tunnel Release

March 01, 2020

Contributors: Kanu Shri Goyal, MD, FAAOS; Ryan Harrison, MD, FAAOS; Daniel Lynch, BS; Austin J Roebke, BS

Case Overview: This video demonstrates in situ open cubital tunnel release. Indications, contraindications, technical pearls, and potential pitfalls are discussed. Method/Technique: The ulnar nerve is approached posterior to the medial epicondyle, taking care to avoid injuring the medial antebrachial cutaneous nerve. The flexor carpi ulnaris muscle is divided to gain access to the ulnar nerve. The technical pearls and potential pitfalls of the procedure are discussed. Results: Historical results, outcomes, and complications from the literature are discussed. Summary: In situ open cubital tunnel release is demonstrated. The video discusses indications for, contraindications for, technical considerations for, and outcomes of in situ open cubital tunnel release.

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