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FUNCTIONAL MUSCLE TRANSFER


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

After severe nerve or limb damage many functions may be lost. In more serious cases, the number of reconstructive options may be limited. More conventional strategies such as direct nerve repair, nerve grafting, nerve transfers, or tendon transfers may not be possible. When the muscles that move the fingers have been completely destroyed but a source of nerve supply in the region of the elbow exists, the whole muscle unit can be replaced by a transfer of a muscle from the thigh, completely separated from the body and reinserted in the forearm. Special microsurgical connections between small blood vessels and nerves are necessary to make the transferred muscle unit function properly.

MEDICAL HISTORY

All the details of the original injury and subsequent treatments must be reviewed. The patient should bring the typewritten reports of any previous surgeries that have been performed.

EXAMINATION

Joint range of motion, preserved or repaired tendon functions, and the elasticity and stability of wounds on the limb will be carefully noted. Evidence of specific nerve functions is critical to planning the reconstruction.

ADDITIONAL TESTS

Electrical nerve tests may need to be done to prove the existence of a nerve that can supply the transferred muscle once it is moved into the forearm.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

  TENDON TRANSFER FREE FUNCTIONING MUSCLE TRANSFER
CONSISTS OF Moving a working tendon from its original assignment to one needed to make up for one of the lost movement functions Transferring a muscle from the thigh into the forearm or arm to become the replacement for a damaged muscle
FEATURES Only tendons that can afford to give up their original function are used Nerve at the receiving site is connected to the transferred muscle to make it work
ADVANTAGES Simpler solution Used when there are no nearby tendons available for tendon transfer
DISADVANTAGES Substitution with a tendon transfer can never really recreate the original lost function and the brain must learn to use the new connection Complicated solution,


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  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
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