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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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  • 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
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  • Dr. Henry and each and every one of the staff we met exhibited a spirit of excellence in every area. From the first visit we were comfortable and confident that we would be well taken care of. - 09/28/16
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  • 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
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  • I gained full confidence in Dr. Henry and his staff as I progressed through my recovery. - 03/28/17
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  • David, Teresa, Luis, Joel, and Karen have all worked with me. They were all outstanding and I highly recommend them all. - 11/30/16
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  • I have never doubted I was in the best possible hands here. I cannot correctly express my gratitude. Thank you all very, very much for everything you've done for me. - 11/09/16
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  • This was my last visit and I'll miss y'all. - 03/29/17
  • 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
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  • Luis and all the staff have been great each time I've come in. - 09/22/16
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  • I will definitely recommend your practice to my friends and family. Thank you very much for seeing me and for the very detailed explanation! - 10/14/16
  • Mark is great and so is Luis (I would give Luis a raise!!) - 09/27/16
  • 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
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  • Staff exceptional and Dr. Henry is as well. - 11/15/16
  • 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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  • Luis was very kind and helpful with all of my questions and concerns. He also assisted me with obtaining supplies for my brace and hand until I can get to therapy. - 10/21/16
  • The staff was great. David was very helpful with my surgery scheduling and questions. Luis was fabulous when I needed help with changing my dressing. Joel was nice helping me with the undoing of the dressing. Great group to be a patient of. - 12/13/16
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  • At every interaction with your office: consultation with Dr. Henry, day of surgery, need for prescription refills, all follow-up visits, I felt comfortable, welcome, and well informed. On the day of my last visit, I am very optimistic about the function of my left hand. Thank you. - 09/07/16
  • 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
  • Very pleased with the staff and Dr Henry during my treatment. - 12/15/16
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  • 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
  • Always a pleasure working with Dr. Henry and his awesome staff! - 10/07/16
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  • I was very pleased with the entire process from first visit to last visit - 09/08/16
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