Tendon Transfers (peripheral nerve disorders)

If nerve repair does not work, or if it is too late for nerve surgery, then tendon transfers may be helpful. This is when you cut a functioning tendon and re-attach it so that it now performs a new, more desired function. Common examples include:

  • A posterior tibialis tendon transfer for foot drop
  • Steindler flexorplasty for continued arm flexion weakness after brachial plexus injury
  • Forearm tendon transfers for finger extension

As long as joint mobility remains normal, tendon transfers can be performed years after injury.

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