What is a gluteus maximus transfer?
A gluteus maximus transfer is done for chronic or long-standing gluteus tendon tears, failed gluteus tendon tears, or irreparable and atrophied (shrunken) gluteus tendons/muscles. In these cases, gluteal repair is made nearly impossible. These types of injuries, tears or conditions require a gluteus maximus transfer. Dr. Patel does a gluteus maximus and tensor fascia latae transfer (TFL). This can also be done for patients with a prior total hip replacement or during the same setting as a hip replacement for the same problem. Dr. Patel will sometimes work as a team with a total hip replacement surgeon to do these cases. The goal of a gluteus maximus transfer is to minimize the symptoms, stabilize the hip and pelvis, improve walking, and restore gluteal strength and function.
What is the gluteus maximus?
The gluteus maximus or “Glutes” in layman terms, is the “sitting muscle” or the part of the buttocks that you sit upon and the muscle that helps the body stand or sit easily. The gluteus maximus is the most superficial and largest of the three gluteal muscles and makes up the bulk of the shape and form of the buttock and hip area. The gluteus maximus is quadrangular in shape and slopes across the buttock at approximately 45 degrees to its distal insertion. The job of the gluteus maximus is extension and external rotation at the hip joint. The gluteus maximus is important for powerful lower limb movements like stepping onto a step, climbing, or running.