Use of a Fascial Flap to Stabilize an Unstable Ulnar Nerve in Its Bed During In Situ Decompression


ABSTRACT: This case report involves a man with ulnar neuropathy at the elbow, who was to undergo an in situ decompression of the ulnar nerve. When the nerve was noted intraoperatively to sublux partially over the posterior portion of the medial epicondyle, the surgeon stabilized the nerve in situ by using a fascial flap that was secured to the anterior rim of the cubital tunnel and loosely sutured posteriorly to the medial side of the olecranon, rather than performing an anterior transposition or medial epicondylectomy. This method could be considered a middle-ground surgical technique because it allowed the nerve to remain in its bed, did not disturb its blood supply, dealt with the problem of a slightly unstable ulnar nerve with a fascial flap, and avoided methods that could be considered as having greater surgical magnitude. ( Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 24(3):193–197, 2015)

Key words: cubital tunnel syndrome, fascial flap, in situ decompression ulnar nerve, ulnar nerve
decompression elbow, ulnar neuropathy elbow

Lewis B. Lane, MD; Andrew S. Greenberg, MD