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This presentation is an introduction to nerve transfers and details the indications for performing these procedures. Experimental studies are discussed in respect to nerve injury and recovery and the window for reinnervation. The classification for nerve injuries is also reviewed with an additional category that distinguishes recovery to either favorable (I, II, III degree) or unfavorable (IV, V degree). Nerve transfers are performed for unfavorable nerve injuries and the associated indications are provided within this presentation. Factors for poor functional recovery are also discussed to optimize outcomes following nerve transfers.