Tendon Transfer Introduction
A tendon transfer is a procedure where a healthy tendon is taken and moved to replace the function of a diseased or inactive tendon. A tendon transfer restores the movement or action to a previously paralysed or diseased muscle and joint.
The concept of “robbing Peter to pay Paul” in this way, using a healthy part of the body to address problems elsewhere, is not new. Tendon transfers have been used for over a hundred years, particularly for polio. However, the procedure is highly technical and is only undertaken by foot and ankle specialists.