Tendon Transfers for Radial, Median, and Ulnar Nerve Palsy

The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Impact Factor: 2.53). 11/2013; 21(11):675-84. DOI: 10.5435/JAAOS-21-11-675
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Tendon transfers are used to restore balance and function to a paralyzed, injured, or absent neuromuscular-motor unit. In general, tendon transfer is indicated for restoration of muscle function after peripheral nerve injury, injury to the brachial plexus or spinal cord, or irreparable injury to tendon or muscle. The goal is to improve the balance of a neurologically impaired hand. In the upper extremity, tendon transfers are most commonly used to restore function following injury to the radial, median, and ulnar nerves. An understanding of the general principles of tendon transfer is important to maximize the outcome.

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