Epicondylectomy is a procedure intended to alleviate ulnar nerve compression syndrome at the elbow. Medial epicondylectomy allows some anterior displacement of the ulnar nerve without operating on the nerve itself and removes the epicondyle as an impinging structure. Lateral epicondylectomy releases the inflamed tendons from the attachment to bone, as well as removing a small piece of bone.
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Lateral epicondyle release is the most frequently performed procedure for lateral epicondylitis, an overuse condition commonly known as tennis elbow. The purpose of this surgery is to alleviate tension from the extensor tendon by opening it and removing scar tissue or bone spurs. It can be performed using open, arthroscopic or percutaneous (removal of tissue by needle) techniques. This surgery can also be performed on the knee for treatment of patellar femoral syndromes.
An ulnar nerve transposition is performed to relieve cubital tunnel syndrome, a nerve compression syndrome affecting the ulnar nerve — the same nerve that causes the tingling sensation of hitting your “funny bone.” In this procedure, the surgeon forms a completely new tunnel from the flexor muscles of the forearm, then transposes (moves) the ulnar nerve out of the cubital tunnel into the newly created one.