According to WebMD's Pain Management Health Center, recovery time for cubital tunnel surgery often takes several months in order to regain strength in the wrist and hand. Numbness and tingling may or may not recover more quickly.
Cubital tunnel syndrome creates excessive pressure on the ulnar nerve in the elbow. Mild cases are treated with physical therapy procedures, such as avoiding pressure on the elbow, wearing a protective elbow pad and wearing a splint to sleep. WebMD states that about 85 percent of those who do require surgery receive relief. Surgical options include shifting or moving the ulnar nerve to reduce pressure on the nerve or trimming the bump on the inner part of the elbow.