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Nerve Transfers

Arm and Elbow

Nerve transfers in the arm and elbow are devised to restore arm and elbow function through reinnervation of target muscles. The available nerve transfers for the arm and elbow are procedures to restore elbow flexion/extension. The principle nerves that are targeted for reinnervation are the musculocutaneous nerve for elbow flexion and triceps brachii branch of the radial nerve for elbow extension. Motor nerve transfers are time sensitive due to muscle atrophy and loss of motor end-plates.