After studying this article and accompanying videos, the participant should be able to: 1. Understand and apply the principles of nerve transfer surgery for nerve injuries. 2. Discuss important considerations when performing nerve transfers, such as aspects of surgical technique and perioperative decision-making. 3. Understand indications for end-to-end versus supercharged reverse end-to-side nerve transfers. 4. Understand an algorithm for treating nerve injuries to include the indications and surgical techniques of five nerve transfers commonly performed for the treatment of isolated upper extremity nerve injuries. 5. Understand the outcomes and postoperative management of the discussed nerve transfers.
Nerve transfers are gaining wide acceptance because of their superior results in the management of many nerve injuries of the upper extremity. This article presents five nerve transfers for the treatment of isolated nerve injuries in the authors’ upper extremity nerve practice that offer reliable results. Indications, surgical techniques, outcomes, and postoperative management are reviewed. To maximize functional outcomes in patients with nerve injuries, the treatment should be individualized to the patient, and the principles for nerve transfers as described herein should be considered.