Costs for a surgical transposition of the ulnar nerve at the elbow range from $2,500 to $5,600 for cash paying patients at facilities publishing prices openly on our site. Ulnar nerve transposition surgery costs can vary depending on what type of anesthesia is used (local, general, or none).
Pricing for ulnar nerve transposition surgery on our site usually includes applicable facility, physician, and anesthesia fees. Sometimes the combined price is called a "bundled" or "global rate". Be sure to look for information on provider pages about what is included. It's also a good idea to talk to providers over the phone, not only to verify what a listed price represents, but also because most providers have additional services and information on pricing and payment that's not listed on their pages.
If you aren't careful, you could end up paying $6,000 to $9,000 or more for ulnar nerve surgery at some facilities. The highest rates are usually at hospitals and other larger facilities, which can have very high "list" prices and offer discounts only to insurers and street-smart cash payers. There's no need to get caught paying outlandish rates if you ask about pricing and payment beforehand.
Ulnar nerve compression at the elbow is called "cubital tunnel syndrome." At the elbow, the nerve travels through a tunnel of tissue (the cubital tunnel) that runs under a bump of bone called the medial epicondyle at the inside of your elbow. The nerve is especially vulnerable at this spot because it must travel through a narrow space close to the skin with very little soft tissue to protect it.
A doctor may recommend surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome if 1) nonsurgical methods do not improve the condition, 2) the nerve is very compressed, or 3) nerve compression has caused muscle wasting. The most common surgical option is moving the nerve from its place behind the medial epicondyle to a new place in front of it, preventing the nerve from getting caught on the bony ridge and stretching when you bend your elbow. This is called an anterior transposition of the ulnar nerve. The nerve can be moved to lie under the skin and fat but on top of the muscle (subcutaneous transposition), within the muscle (intermuscular transposition), or under the muscle (submuscular transposition). The procedure is performed under general anesthesia or with regional anesthetic. A splint may be necessary for a few weeks after the operation.