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Ulnar nerve stability-based surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome via a small incision: a comparison with classic anterior nerve transposition

 Ho-Jung Kang  ;  Il-Hyun Koh  ;  Yong-Min Chun  ;  Won-Taek Oh  ;  Kwang-Ho Chung  ;  Yun-Rak Choi 
 Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, Vol.10 : 121-121, 2015 
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 Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research 
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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare the clinical outcomes of ulnar nerve stability-based surgery via a small incision with those of classic anterior transposition of the ulnar nerve for cubital tunnel syndrome. METHODS: From March 2008 to December 2013, 107 patients with cubital tunnel syndrome underwent simple decompression or anterior transposition via a small incision, according to an ulnar nerve stability-based decision based on an assessment of intraoperative ulnar nerve stability (group A, n = 51), or anterior transposition via a classic incision (group B, n = 56). Clinical outcome was assessed using grip and pinch strength, two-point discrimination, the mean of the disabilities of arm, shoulder, and hand (DASH) survey, and the modified Bishop scale. RESULTS: At the final follow-up, all outcome measures improved significantly in both groups and there were no significant differences between the two groups. However, there were fewer operation-related complications in group A (one revision surgery) than in group B (one superficial infection, two painful scars, and five cases of numbness at the medial elbow). CONCLUSIONS: Outcomes after the ulnar nerve stability-based approach and anterior transposition were similar, although more patients experienced operation-related complications after anterior transposition via a classic incision. Making an ulnar nerve stability-based decision to perform either simple decompression or anterior transposition via a small incision seems to be a better strategy for patients with cubital tunnel syndrome.
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강호정(Kang, Ho Jung) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0273-1264
고일현(Koh, Il Hyun)
오원택(Oh, Won Taek)
천용민(Chun, Yong Min)
최윤락(Choi, Yun Rak)
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