Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and Surgery

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when the ulnar nerve or funny bone nerve is entrapped, stretched, or compressed as it travels around the inner side of the elbow joint. Symptoms usually include numbness or tingling in the fingers, pain in the forearm, and weakness in the hand. These periods of numbness can become chronic over time and more noticeable when the arm is bent or while sleeping. Individuals with cubital tunnel syndrome may have difficulty gripping or moving their fingers. If left untreated, it may cause coordination difficulties and reduce muscle strength in the hand.

Patients who have had prior fractures, bone spurs, or swelling of the elbow may be at a higher risk for developing cubital tunnel syndrome. In addition, those who participate in sports activities such as tennis that require repetitive flexing of the elbow.


When appropriately diagnosed, cubital tunnel syndrome can be treated relieving pain and restoring function. Typically, this procedure is performed under general anesthesia and in an outpatient setting. Patients can return home the same day. After surgery, the elbow may be placed in a splint that enables the use of the hand. Some discomfort, pain, and limited mobility should be expected a few weeks after surgery. Recovery after surgery is typically 3-6 weeks.

Dr. Goldberg can help assess and determine the best treatment options for you. Schedule your appointment today with one of the most experienced elbow surgeons in the Southwest Florida area!