Tetraplegia, paralysis of all 4 limbs, is usually the result of cervical spinal cord injury. Recovery of independence is the primary goal of people with tetraplegia; this requires reconstruction of upper extremity function. Active elbow extension, necessary for a wide range of activities of daily living, is usually surgically reconstructible. The posterior deltoid-to-triceps tendon transfer was developed to restore active elbow extension; good functional results and high levels of patient satisfaction have been reported for this operation.
- Deltoid-to-triceps transfer
- Reconstruction of elbow extension
- Spinal cord injury
- Upper extremity reconstruction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine