Title

Percutaneous cubital tunnel release with a dissection thread: a cadaveric study

Aurora Affiliations

Aurora/BayCare Health, BayCare Clinic Pain & Rehab Medicine, Green Bay

Abstract

This cadaveric study tested the feasibility of decompressing the ulnar nerve across the elbow percutaneously with a commercially available surgical dissection thread, a guiding needle, hydrodissection and ultrasound guidance. We performed the procedure in 19 fresh-frozen cadaveric upper extremities. Subsequently, we did an anatomical dissection of the specimens to visualize the extent of ulnar nerve decompression and the extent of damage to surrounding structures. The cubital tunnel and deep across the medial elbow were completely transected leaving the ulnar nerve fully decompressed in all cases. There was no evidence of direct injury to the ulnar nerve or adjacent neurovascular structures. A prerequisite knowledge of sonographic anatomy and experience with interventional ultrasound is essential. Future clinical studies should evaluate this technique's safety and efficacy compared with conventional ones.

Document Type

Article

PubMed ID

31189372

DOI

10.1177/1753193419856591

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