Nerve Transfers to Improve Upper Extremity Function

Amy M. Moore, Benjamin Z. Phillips, Susan E. Mackinnon

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Brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries are devastating and despite surgical intervention functional outcomes can be disappointing. Nerve transfers have been developed to restore upper extremity function with encouraging results. In this chapter, the principles and techniques of commonly used nerve transfers for both brachial plexus and isolated nerve transfers are discussed. Specifically, the indications, surgical techniques, functional outcomes and postoperative rehabilitation protocols are detailed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPain, Treatment, Injury, Disease and Future Directions
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9780128026953
ISBN (Print)9780128026533
StatePublished - Apr 23 2015


  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Motor nerve transfers
  • Motor re-education
  • Nerve transfer
  • Peripheral nerve injury
  • Sensory nerve transfers


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