Tendon Transfer Surgery

Tendon Transfer Surgery Overview

A tendon transfer surgery removes an unhealthy hand tendon and replaces it with a new one. Patients can move their hand without any problems after recovery and pain and other symptoms dramatically decrease.

How is tendon transfer surgery performed?

A tendon transfer is performed as an outpatient procedure. General anesthesia is used to make sure the patient is completely asleep and can feel no pain or discomfort. A  Carolina Orthopaedics and Neurosurgical Associates (CONA) hand specialist removes the unhealthy tendon and replaces it with a harvested tendon. The hand is placed in a custom made splint so the tendon does not stretch and tear.

What does a tendon transfer surgery treat?

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

A tendon transfer surgery restores hand function.


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