The surgical treatment of cubital tunnel syndrome: a decision analysis

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The objective of our study was to use decision analysis to compare four common surgical treatments for cubital tunnel syndrome: simple decompression of the cubital tunnel, medial epicondylectomy, anterior subcutaneous transposition and anterior submuscular transposition. The variables used for this decision analysis model were based on data from the literature. Extensive sensitivity analyses were carried out to test the impact of the values given to these variables on the outcome of the model. The highest expected utility, 0.973, was associated with simple decompression. The expected utility was 0.969 for subcutaneous transposition and 0.965 for submuscular transposition. Medial epicondylectomy had the lowest expected utility at 0.961. Simple decompression remained the preferred strategy in extensive one-way sensitivity analyses.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: diagnosis
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: surgery
  • Decision Trees
  • Decompression
  • Elbow Joint
  • Elbow Joint: surgery
  • Humans
  • Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Postoperative Complications: etiology
  • Prognosis
  • Quality of Life
  • Surgical
  • Surgical: methods
  • Ulnar Nerve
  • Ulnar Nerve: surgery

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