What is Biceps Tendon Repair?
Biceps tendon repair is a surgical procedure that is used to reattach a torn biceps tendon to the elbow bone or shoulder. The biceps tendon can tear at either the shoulder or the elbow and depending upon the location of the tear, our Elbow Specialists will determine the best surgical approach.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and usually takes about 1- 1 ½
The surgeon makes a tiny incision on the front of the elbow and moves muscles and soft tissues to visualize the tendon and elbow bone.
Next, the surgeon uses suture anchors to reattach the torn tendon to its normal position in the bone.
After the incision is carefully closed and dressed, the patient is brought to the recovery room where they wake up. Patients are driven home by a family member or friend when they are awake and alert and their pain is managed. The patient’s elbow rests in a comfortable sling during the first phase of recovery.
After surgery, Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OIO) Elbow Specialist will create a physical therapy plan to help restore function and motion to the elbow so that the patient can return to normal activities and sports.
What Does Biceps Tendon Repair Treat?
The biceps tendons attach the biceps muscle to the elbow and shoulder. Biceps tendon tears at the elbow are much less common than those at the shoulder; however, they are usually complete and require surgical intervention.
The cause of a tear is extending the elbow (straightening the forearm) against force. A perfect example is trying to hold the arms straight while holding a heavy object. Symptoms include:
- Inability to rotate the palm upwards (supination)
Patients who sustain an injury are encouraged to make an appointment with Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OIO) Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Elbow Specialists