What is a tendon transfer?
Tendon transfer is the detachment of the functioning of the muscle-tendon unit (MTU) and from its insertion, then reattached it to a tendon or a bone.
When is tendon transfer required?
This procedure is required to restore the lost movement and function of the muscle-tendon unit (MTU) of you hands.
- Peripheral nerve injuries/ Brachial plexus
- Physically irreparable
- Nerve injuries that don’t recover after nerve repair/grafting
- Traumatic loss of muscle/tendon open or closed tendon ruptures
- Central neuro deficits
- Spinal cord injuries
During the surgery
The surgery involves a functioning tendon being shifted from its original attachment to a new one to restore the lost action.
What cases can be treated with a tendon transfer surgery?
Common tendon injuries like tendon ruptures due to rheumatoid arthritis, or severe tendon lacerations and fractures that are irreparable after injury, can be restored with a tendon transfer surgery.
Therapy and Recovery
Treatment for recovering after a tendon transfer surgery mostly involves physiotherapy and exercises to bring back the action in the hands that have lost the ability to function or have free mobility. Activities that make the fingers move and relax the tendon- muscles are carried out on a regular basis for fast recovery. The exercises are also based on how complicated the surgery was, and may take up to 8-12 weeks to get back to normality. The function of the hand is as standard as an uninjured hand does.