Principles of Tendon Transfer

Hand Clin. 2016 Aug;32(3):283-9. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2016.03.001. Epub 2016 May 2.


Tendon transfers provide a substitute, either temporary or permanent, when function is lost due to neurologic injury in stroke, cerebral palsy or central nervous system lesions, peripheral nerve injuries, or injuries to the musculotendinous unit itself. This article reviews the basic principles of tendon transfer, which are important when planning surgery and essential for an optimal outcome. In addition, concepts for coapting the tendons during surgery and general principles to be followed during the rehabilitation process are discussed.

Keywords: Principles of tendon transfer; Reconstruction following nerve injury; Restoration of nerve injury; Tendon transfer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Peripheral Nerve Injuries / surgery
  • Tendon Transfer / methods*
  • Tendons / surgery*