What is tendon transfer surgery?

Tendon transfer surgery is a surgical procedure that is performed to help restore normal movement in a damaged tendon. A healthy tendon is transferred to replace a damaged tendon.

Why do you need tendon transfer surgery?

Your doctor may recommend tendon transfer surgery if you have nerve injuries where there are nerves that cannot be repaired, muscle injuries, or suffer from nervous or neuromuscular system disorders.

What can you expect when undergoing tendon transfer surgery?

Before Tendon Transfer Surgery

Tendon transfer surgery is performed either under general anaesthesia where you will be asleep or under mild sedation. Your surgeon will determine which option is best for your case based on your injury.

During Tendon Transfer Surgery

During tendon transfer surgery, your surgeon will make one or more incisions (cuts) in your skin to locate the affected tendon. Your surgeon will then detach the functioning tendon and sew it into a different tendon (the tendon that is not working). In certain cases, your surgeon may drill a tunnel to allow the tendon to pass through and be sewn onto itself. The tendon may be attached with a metal or plastic screw or attached with anchor sutures.

If you need multiple tendon transfers, your surgeon will move one at a time and eventually close your skin with stitches.

After Tendon Transfer Surgery

Tendon transfers will need about one to two months to heal. A splint or a cast may be used, alongside physical therapy, to teach you new tendon function. Exercise will also be needed to strengthen the muscle once the tendon transfer has properly healed. Heed your doctor’s advice when it comes to movement and exercise – movement too early can lead to rupture of the tendon transfer while movement too late can lead to excessive scarring of the tendon with resultant stiffness.

Why choose Novena Surgery for tendon transfer surgery?

Doctors who choose to perform tendon transfer surgery at Novena Surgery will perform the procedure in one of four modular operating theaters with cable-less pendant systems, allowing doctors to operate free of stray wiring obstruction.

Post-procedure, patients can choose to recover in one of Novena Surgery’s comfortable private suites, or in our 12-bed recovery unit under the care of well-trained nursing staff.

Waiting times are also shortened as patients need only turn up half-an-hour before their surgery, and be checked into the ward within 10 minutes of arrival. 

Patients’ companions have the option of patronising Velocity, Square and Square 2 shopping malls that are seamlessly integrated with Novena Medical Centre, the building housing Novena Surgery.

I want to undergo tendon transfer surgery in Novena Surgery but I do not have a specialist doctor in mind yet.

This list consists of specialists who commonly perform tendon transfer surgery at Novena Surgery – contact us at +65-6254 9331 or admin@novenasurgery.com.sg and we will help you book a consultation appointment with a specialist doctor from the list.

Name of Specialist ClinicName of Specialist DoctorSpecialist Clinic AddressSpecialist Clinic Opening Hours
Hand Wrist & Microsurgical CentreDr Looi Kok PohNovena Medical Centre, #08-14 Inliven Medical, 10 Sinaran Dr, Singapore 307506

Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sun & Public Holiday: Closed

Hand Surgery AssociatesDr Peng Yeong PinMount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, 38 Irrawaddy Road, #10-51/52/53, Singapore 329563
Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sun & Public Holiday: Closed

Centre for Hand and Reconstructive MicrosurgeryDr Lim Beng HaiMount Elizabeth Medical Centre
3 Mount Elizabeth # 06-05, Singapore 228510
Paragon Medical Suites
290 Orchard Road #09-08, Singapore 238859
Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Sun & Public Holiday: Closed
Hand Surgery AssociatesDr Andrew YamMount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, 38 Irrawaddy Road #10-51/52/53, Singapore 329563Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sun & Public Holiday: Closed

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