Motor nerve transfers: A comprehensive review

Wilson Z. Ray, Jason Chang, Ammar Hawasli, Thomas J. Wilson, Lynda Yang

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Brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries are exceedingly common. Traditional nerve grafting reconstruction strategies and techniques have not changed significantly over the last 3 decades. Increased experience and wider adoption of nerve transfers as part of the reconstructive strategy have resulted in a marked improvement in clinical outcomes. We review the options, outcomes, and indications for nerve transfers to treat brachial plexus and upper- and lower-extremity peripheral nerve injuries, and we explore the increasing use of nerve transfers for facial nerve and spinal cord injuries. Each section provides an overview of donor and recipient options for nerve transfer and of the relevant anatomy specific to the desired function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 22 2015


  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Nerve transfer
  • Spinal cord injury


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