The NeuroMedical Center | Patient Education Library | Radial Tunnel Release

This outpatient procedure, performed under general or regional anesthesia, alleviates compression of the radial nerve. This nerve travels along the outer side of the elbow and down to the hand. Radial tunnel release is used to treat radial tunnel syndrome.



To begin, you are anesthetized. Your surgeon makes a small incision on the outer side of your elbow.

Freeing the Nerve

Your radial nerve travels through a passageway called the “radial tunnel.” The surgeon carefully releases tissue to open up this tunnel and create more room for your nerve. This will keep your nerve from being pinched or irritated when you straighten your wrist and fingers.

End of Procedure

When the surgery is finished, the incision is closed. Your arm is bandaged, and you may wear a sling. Your healthcare provider will give you tips to help your recovery.