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Tendon transfer surgery

Tendon transfer to recover function in lower and upper limbs

A tendon transfer is typically carried out to restore normal movement to the ankle and foot after a loss of function

About

A tendon transfer is a surgical procedure where a healthy tendon is taken and moved to replace the function of a diseased or inactive tendon. A tendon transfer restores the movement or action to a previously paralysed or diseased muscle and joint.

Need to know

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    We have leading experts and diagnostic tests to diagnose your issues, which will involve a detailed clinical assessment supported by diagnostic tests such as ultrasound, MRI scans and nerve conduction studies. In most cases non-operative methods using splints and physiotherapy to strengthen the working muscles are used before any surgery is considered. If surgery is considered, this is usually under general anaesthetic and your specialist may transfer a tendon and replace it with a healthy tendon used for a different function. The tendons are either stitched onto the existing tendons or re-routed through a bone tunnel.
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    Your consultant will let you know how best to prepare for your surgery.
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    You will need to stay in hospital for between one and two nights. Your foot will be elevated for the first two weeks and will be supported in a plaster cast below the knee for up to six weeks. Rehabilitation involves a multidisciplinary team of expert nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists all overseen by your specialist consultant. Return to work in a non-manual job is usually possible by 2-4 weeks but complete recovery can take up to a year.
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We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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