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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,


  • Doctor Henry was awesome! And Luis was very helpful and nice! - 03/20/17
  • Very knowledgeable about the possible procedures the could be preformed! Dr. Henry is a very honest person and I appreciate that in a man more than anything. He gave me truth and not what I wanted to hear! Thanks - 04/04/17
  • Dr. Henry was able to salvage my hand to make it usable again. I have already sent my Father here and he no longer has any pain in his wrist. - 11/13/17
  • All the staff and Doctor Henry were great! - 05/01/17
  • Great staff, Great Doctor, Great surgery, recovery, and follow up. Thank you for the time and attention with helping me through the entire process. I felt very comfortable and safe with the entire process. - 02/10/17
  • Dr. Henry and Mary in PT helped me get my dominant arm back in working order. - 04/18/17
  • Very professional - 03/30/17
  • outstanding knowledge and gets you into the hospital if needed the same. - 02/09/18
  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
  • Very efficient practice - 10/19/17
  • Thank you for repairing my injury and being kind in the process. - 01/10/18
  • I have loved coming here and felt very welcomed by everyone! Thank you so much for all you do! - 03/10/17
  • Thank you for the hard work and excellent care. If ever I need this type of care again I will be knocking on your door. I've already recommended your services to others. Thanks Again! - 03/07/17
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • great job! - 03/20/17
  • Very nice staff and surgeon. Thumb looks good now after surgery, hopefully thumb continues to heal and stays healed. Thank you - 01/30/18
  • I feel very confident in Dr Henry and the direction I am headed. - 03/10/17
  • The staffs here was GREAT!!!! - 06/21/17
  • Great Appoitnment - 05/11/17
  • I have enjoyed this facility and Dr. Henry has been more than helplful. All questions answered, as well as answers I didn't even know I had! The staff is always helpful. - 03/03/17
  • Dr. Henry was very informative about the treatment and staff was pleasant. - 01/11/18
  • very confortable,Dr. Henrry very professional and very friendly staff - 12/05/17
  • Great Doctor and staff. Luis is a wonderful asset to the staff - 12/18/17
  • The staff and the Dr. are very helpful and understanding .I have not yet seen a better staff like this office . I will recommend any one here . - 11/06/17
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  • This was my last visit and I'll miss y'all. - 03/29/17
  • Awesome experience. Luis rocks! - 04/06/17
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  • We have had the best experience here. The staff has always accommodated us and since Tyler is only 10, they always go out of their way to make sure we are comfortable. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Henry and his staff to anyone I know. Thanks! - 02/28/17
  • great service nice folks glad I came to this office doctor was very cool - 03/23/17
  • Love the Doctor and his staff. - 02/08/17
  • thank you - 10/16/17
  • Everyone was kind and efficient. All things were clearly explained to me and I felt confident in doing my dressings. - 03/03/17
  • thank you for helping me - 02/03/17
  • Fabulous I will be recommending to everyone I know that can benefit from the services provided. - 03/14/17
  • The doctor was very informative and provided me with a solution quickly and I really appreciate that in this day and age. This is an awesome institution. - 03/02/17
  • Had a wonderful experience overall. Breaking my arm was tough but the staff here was always very, kind and helpful. Especially Dr. Henry, Mary, Karen, Luis, Joel, Teresa and David. I'll miss them all but hopeful won't have to see them any time soon :)Thank you! - 05/04/17
  • excellent! dr & staff! - 06/14/17
  • best place for treatment of hand and wrist problems. Dr. Henry was recommended to me by a friend who is a medical care professional. - 10/06/17
  • very good at explaining how I should take care of my thumbs and always answered any question I had regarding my health issue I was very pleased with my visit and the care I got at both visits - 03/07/17
  • Dr. Henry gave me my wrist back!!! Thank you Dr. Henry!!! - 07/10/17
  • very impressed with the whole experience. - 02/28/17
  • Great staff and speedy process! - 04/14/17
  • The doctor and staff are the best I have ever had. Very professionalism at its best. - 11/15/17
  • dr henry does an excellent job of explaining the problem and solution, seems extremely competent - 02/07/18
  • all excellent care - 07/12/17
  • Dr. Henry did an excellent job on my grandmothers wrist. Staff is always very friendly and helpful. - 03/02/17
  • thank you, you all were very helpful - 03/03/17
  • Outstanding service and results - 10/30/17
  • I am really happy with my experience. I always knew what was going on and over time got to know the staff based on how many times I've been here. Most importantly, I feel I got the right treatment for my injury. - 10/19/17
  • Dr. Mark Henry is a true healer; the finest most competent doctor I've ever encountered. I am forever grateful to Dr. Henry and the entire staff for saving my finger and facilitating my complete recovery with grace and seriousness of intent. Thank you. - 01/10/18
  • Staff was very courteous and helpful. Dr. was very informative and easy to understand. - 03/27/17
  • thank you for all you have done! I recommend you foranyone that is having any problems via hand wrist. Amazing surgon and doctor!!! - 02/01/17
  • The staff is nice and everyone is up on the treatment. I feel confident that I am getting the best care and am glad I came here. - 10/30/17
  • very good team work, best clinic - 06/21/17
  • joel was also my assistant but everything was great - 03/07/17
  • I was very impressed with how I was treated by the doctor as well as the Medical assistant. All my questioned were answered and I was treated with care and respect. Luis was Awesome! Doctor Henry was very informative. I will recommend him to friends and family - 06/09/17
  • always outstanding service! - 04/12/17
  • Great work. - 02/03/17
  • I couldn't be more pleased with the level of service I received while in Dr. Henry's care. The level of detail in which my injury was explained and resolved, and the level of competency that was displayed throughout the healing was truly outstanding. - 01/30/18
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • I gained full confidence in Dr. Henry and his staff as I progressed through my recovery. - 03/28/17
  • an experience beyond expectation - 10/06/17
  • some of the most friendly staff and the doctor always explained the information in a manner in which I could understand which always made it very helpful. will definitely recommend this location to family and friends. - 05/31/17
  • every thing was really great - 10/19/17
  • every body was excelent - 01/09/18
  • Staff is always friendly and helpful. I will definitely recommend this office. Dr. Henry is a very skilled surgeon and went out of his way to make sure I understood my procedure and the rehabilitation process. - 03/24/17
  • I have enjoyed this facility and Dr. Henry has been more than helplful. All questions answered, as well as answers I didn't even know I had! The staff is always helpful. - 03/03/17
  • Dr Henry is a wonderful Dr. and I would highly recommend to others - 02/07/17
  • The entire team at the Hand and Wrist Center is outstanding. They made the recovery so smooth and comforting from the courteous receptionists, excellent occupational therapist, attentive medical assistants, and brilliant doctor. Thank you! - 03/31/17
  • Really appreciate the education and insight related to my wrist and future athletic training - 05/31/17
  • Great staff. - 05/02/17
  • no complaints hand is coming along very well - 11/06/17
  • Very happy I came here for the surgery, etc. - 06/09/17
  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
  • the whole group was very good, I had an excellent experience. - 11/09/17
  • Thank you! - 03/08/17










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