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Tendon Transfer and Repair

Tendon transfer and repairs are surgical procedures performed to address tendon injuries, dysfunction, or weakness.

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Tendon Transfer and Repair

These procedures involve repositioning or transferring tendons from one location to another or repairing damaged tendons to restore their function and improve mobility.

Tendon Transfer and Repair at a Glance

Procedure Time:
1-2 hours

Return to Work:
1 week

Full Recovery:
8-12 Weeks

£1,500 (Fixed)

Tendon Transfer:

Purpose: Tendon transfer involves moving a healthy tendon from its original attachment to a new location to compensate for the loss or weakness of another tendon. The goal is to restore function and improve muscle strength.

Indications: Tendon transfers are commonly performed when a tendon is completely ruptured or severely damaged, or when a muscle-tendon unit is weak or paralyzed due to nerve injuries, neuromuscular conditions, or congenital abnormalities.

Procedure: The surgeon identifies a suitable donor tendon, usually from nearby muscles, that can be rerouted to perform the function of the damaged or weak tendon. The donor tendon is detached from its original insertion and reattached at the new location using sutures, anchors, or bone tunnels. This allows the transferred tendon to take over the function of the damaged tendon.

Rehabilitation: Following tendon transfer surgery, a structured rehabilitation programme is essential to promote healing, regain strength and function, and optimise outcomes. Physical therapy exercises are prescribed to gradually restore range of motion, muscle strength, and coordination.

Tendon Repair:

Purpose: Tendon repair aims to rejoin or suture torn or ruptured tendons back together, allowing them to heal in their natural position and restore normal function.

Indications: Tendon repair is commonly performed for acute injuries, such as tendon ruptures or lacerations, where the tendon ends can be brought together and sutured. It may also be used for chronic tendon conditions where conservative treatments have failed or when there is significant impairment in function.

Procedure: The surgeon makes an incision over the affected tendon, identifies the torn ends, and sutures them back together using strong sutures. In some cases, additional reinforcement techniques, such as using synthetic materials or grafts, may be employed to enhance the strength and stability of the repair.

Rehabilitation: Postoperative rehabilitation is vital for successful tendon repair. The patient may require immobilisation with a cast, splint, or brace initially to protect the repaired tendon. Physical therapy exercises and gradual mobilisation are introduced as healing progresses, with the aim of restoring range of motion, strength, and function.

Tendon Transfer and Repair Prices

Tendon Transfer and Repair prices are fixed, which is £1,500 (Fixed)

For a no obligation quote, tailored specifically to you, please find your nearest Signature Clinic and book in for free consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. Your requirements are discussed in full confidence in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Following your consultation, the price you are quoted includes everything and there are no extra or hidden costs. Advice, treatment and aftercare are all part of our package to ensure your experience is positive from beginning to end.

Next Steps

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Tendon Transfer and Repair FAQ

What is tendon transfer? 2023-07-13T17:01:14+01:00

Tendon transfer is a surgical procedure in which a healthy tendon is repositioned or transferred from its original attachment to a different location in the body. It is performed to restore function and improve muscle strength when a specific tendon is damaged, weak, or non-functional.


When is tendon transfer surgery necessary? 2023-07-13T17:03:33+01:00

Tendon transfer surgery may be necessary when a tendon is completely torn or severely damaged, leading to loss of function or significant weakness. It can be performed to address conditions such as tendon ruptures, nerve injuries, muscle imbalances, or certain congenital conditions that affect muscle and tendon function.

How is tendon transfer surgery performed?2023-07-13T17:04:10+01:00

During tendon transfer surgery, the surgeon makes an incision near the affected tendon and carefully detaches it from its original insertion point. The healthy donor tendon is then redirected, reattached, or “transferred” to the new location where it can perform the desired function. The transferred tendon is secured with sutures or other fixation devices. The surgical technique used depends on the specific tendon involved and the individual’s condition.

What is the recovery time for tendon transfer surgery? 2023-07-13T17:05:17+01:00

Recovery time varies depending on the complexity of the surgery, the extent of the tendon injury, and individual factors. After surgery, a period of immobilization and protection of the affected area is typically necessary. Physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises are essential for regaining strength, mobility, and function. The complete recovery process can take several months or more.


What are the potential risks and complications of tendon transfer surgery? 2023-07-13T17:06:02+01:00

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with tendon transfer surgery. These can include infection, bleeding, nerve damage, blood clot formation, poor wound healing, tendon re-rupture, stiffness, loss of range of motion, or failure of the transferred tendon to function as intended. It’s important to discuss potential risks and complications with your surgeon before the procedure.


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