Tendon transfer surgery is a treatment to restore function when function has been lost in the upper extremity. Often, those in need of tendon transfer have lost function of specific muscle groups or tendons secondary to nerve injuries and disease, or traumatic muscle or tendon injuries that are irreparable.
There are more than 40 muscles that control hand function, with each muscle attaching to the bone with a tendon. Some of these muscles work together, such that function is similar without one or another muscle-tendon unit. Tendon transfer surgery takes advantage of this fact, and re-purposes muscles to be used where they are most useful.
The surgery must take into account patient functional needs, muscle and tendon strength and length, as well as other factors. Postoperatively, patients will be rehabilitated in an outpatient setting, to prevent adhesions, strengthen the muscles and become coordinated with these muscle changes.
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