Evaluation of results of various tendon transfers in high and low radial nerve palsy.J Clin Orthop Trauma. 2020 Jul-Aug; 11(4):614-619.JC
Various combinations of tendon transfers are available for radial nerve palsy. However, the choice of which set of transfer to be performed in a patient remains an issue of varied opinions among surgeons. The study attempts to evaluate the results of various tendon transfers for radial nerve palsy quantitatively and subjectively. It also identifies which set of transfer is suitable for particular groups of patients.
Materials and methods
The study was conducted between 2005 and 2007. A total of 15 tendon transfers were performed using various combinations and evaluated according to Bincaz's criteria, Kapandji scale and effect of tendon transfers on activities of daily living.
13 patients had excellent to fair outcome according to Bincaz's criteria. 2 patients had poor outcome. There was no hindrance in the activities of daily life in all patients. 93.4% of patients were satisfied with the results.
Every combination of tendon transfers has its own set of merits and demerits. Selection of donor tendons as per occupational need of patients is utmost important. Patients in our series were satisfied with set of transfers using Pronator teres(PT) for wrist extension, Flexor carpi radialis (FCR) for finger extension and rerouted Palmaris longus (PL) for extension of thumb. Flexor carpi ulnaris (FCU) is important for power grip.