When a nerve becomes entrapped within tight spaces or scarred tissue, it can cause symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and weakness (see Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome). Your surgeon may recommend surgical release of the nerve if non-operative measures fail. This type of surgery involves releasing any tight structures that are putting pressure on the nerve, to allow the nerve to have more room and better blood supply. The nerve may also have to be moved out of a bed of scar tissue into a more protected location (transposition). The goals of a nerve release are to improve the health of the nerve, decrease your symptoms and increase your ability to function.