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Nerve and Tendon Transfer

Nerve and tendon transfers are often used to restore sensation and movement in limbs.

A tendon transfer is the most common procedure for restoring function, offering functional gains for nearly 70 percent of tetraplegic patients.

Which Is Best For You?

Function may be restored more slowly with nerve transfer than tendon transfer. However, nerve transfers may provide advantages over tendon transfer for some patients.

Four reasons why nerve transfer is sometimes preferred:

  1. They restore the originial muscles function without changing the arm's anatomy.
  2. They do not require casting and immobilization.
  3. They offer potential reconstructions when no tendon transfer options are available.
  4. Sacrificing one simple function can potentially restore multiple functions.

If a nerve transfer is determined the best option for your particular situation, you will undergo neurophysiological testing.

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