Tendon Transfers

What are Tendon Transfers

The problem of inability to raise foot up is a common phenomenon after getting injured and this condition is known as the foot drop. The accident or injury results in nerves or muscle damage as the stroke persist and are treated by the tendon transfers in order to restore more normal movement to a foot and ankle that has lost function.

Tendon transfers are more required with a paralysis patient who has lost the ability to move the foot or ankle due to the muscular weakness or paralysis decreases movement results in bent or twisted foot, making it difficult to stand, walk or wear shoes.

The tendon transfer surgery allows the ankle and foot to move up and down and regain some motion in order to make a movement for ankle & foot and eliminate the need for a brace altogether.

When is a Tendon Transfer Needed?

There are some situation, which presents the need for a tendon transfer are as follows:

  • Painful & flexible flatfoot
  • Loss of function of muscles in the lower leg and foot due to neurological problem
  • Nerve damage after a stroke or accident
  • Bone fractures on the outside of the foot

The Procedure of Tendon Transfer

The procedure of tendon transfers is being done by cutting the tendon at its normal insertion, rerouting it through the soft tissues followed by connecting it to another bone in the foot. A tendon can also bring into the bone tunnel and fastened with a screw made of either metal or an absorbable plastic. The tendon transfer procedure now finally followed by the sutures used to sew the tendon to the other. Now the soft tissue has been closed and a splint is placed on the area of the tendon transfers.

Potential Risk associated with the Tendon Transfers

Every surgery possesses some kind of risk and tendon transfer re not untouched as the procedure involves the following risks:

  • Risks associated with anaesthesia, infection, damage to nerves & blood vessels
  • Bleeding or blood clots
  • Sometimes tendon transfer doesn’t match with the newly position after transferring the same and doesn’t heal resulting in broken or loosen tendon implants, which may require a further surgery.

The Tendon Transfers Healing Period

Usually, it is required to stay in the hospital for 2-3 nights after the tendon transfer surgery and there is need to take a rest with your foot elevated for 1-7 days. Physiotherapy is required after the surgery being done to optimize the results and every weight bearing only allowed when your physiotherapist advises you that when you are ready for it!

A patient can return to their office work after 2-4 weeks. Your physical work can start after 12 weeks of the procedure.

Generally, it takes 12 months to make a full recovery as it relates to the movement work that must be initiated after a proper healing of the surgical procedure.

The cost of Tendon transfer

Generally, the cost of tendon transfer of Medispa Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Centre is an affordable one, which is provided by World’s renowned Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr Suneet Soni. Dr Soni has a record of giving the best aesthetic outcome of the tendon transfers.

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