How Do I Prepare For Ulnar Nerve Surgery?
Before the procedure is done, ensure that your doctor takes some blood tests to ensure that your blood clotting process is taking place correctly. You also need to know that you will be admitted to hospital for two hours before the procedure. In addition, you will be required not to eat or drink anything for 6 hours before the procedure. It is essential that you inform your surgeon of blood clotting problems, if you have ever had blood clots in your limbs or lungs, if you have high blood pressure issues, if you suffer from any allergies as a result of medication, if you are taking aspirin or other medicines that may thin your blood, and if you have any other health issues.
The surgery involves making a small incision or a low cut over the inside of the elbow. The surgeon will carefully divide the banded tissue that is responsible for the nerve constriction. The surgeon may need to reposition the nerve itself or remove a small amount of bone to create space for the nerve. The surgery will only take about 20- 40 minutes. You will not be put to sleep with the anesthesia that is used. Ensure that you discuss the entire procedure with your doctor to keep you psychologically prepared. The doctor should discuss with you on what will happen before, after, and during the process, and the pain you might have soon after. Ask as many questions as you find necessary so that the doctor can put your mind at ease.