Posterior deltoid-to-triceps tendon transfer to restore active elbow extension in patients with tetraplegia

Cale W. Bonds, Michelle James

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-97
Number of pages4
JournalTechniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Deltoid-to-triceps transfer
  • Reconstruction of elbow extension
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Tetraplegia
  • Upper extremity reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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