Tendon transfer surgery is a type of hand surgery that is performed in order to improve lost hand function. A functioning tendon is shifted from its original attachment to a new one to restore the action that has been lost.
There are many tendons that help move the hand. Common reasons why a tendon may not work properly include:
- Muscle injuries (lacerations)
- Nerve injuries
- Neuromuscular disorders
Patient History and Examination
Tendon Transfer Recovery
Tendon transfer surgery will require a period of 1-2 months to heal completely. During this time, a splint or cast will be given following which you will be taught about the new tendon function. After the tendon transfer has healed, Dr. Jason D. Johnson may recommend exercises to strengthen the muscle.
It is important to take care that you do not start movements too early as it may cause rupture of the tendon transfer and at the same time do not delay the movements. Delayed movement can lead to scarring of the tendon and stiffness.