What is biceps tendon repair?

The biceps tendon plays a crucial role in the stability and function of the shoulder joint. The tendon connects the biceps muscle in the upper arm to the bones in the shoulder and helps in various arm movements. Sudden injury or wear and tear due to aging can lead to biceps tendon injuries, such as a tear or rupture. Biceps tendon repair is a surgical procedure that aims to reattach the torn or ruptured biceps tendon to the bone, restoring strength and function to the shoulder.

What symptoms may require biceps tendon repair?

If you experience any of the following signs, it's essential to seek medical evaluation at HSA to determine if biceps tendon repair is necessary:

Intense Shoulder Pain

Severe and persistent pain in the front of the shoulder, especially when lifting or rotating the arm, may indicate a biceps tendon injury.

Weakness in the Arm

A weakened grip or difficulty performing everyday tasks, such as lifting objects or reaching overhead, can indicate a biceps tendon problem.

Audible "Pop" or Snapping Sensation

Some individuals may hear or feel a sudden "pop" or snapping sensation in the shoulder when the biceps tendon tears or ruptures.

Bruising and Swelling

Swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the front of the shoulder are common signs of a biceps tendon injury.

Cramping Sensation

Some people with a biceps tendon injury may experience a cramping sensation in the biceps muscle.

"Popeye" Deformity

In complete biceps tendon rupture, the biceps muscle may retract toward the upper arm, causing a noticeable bulge or "Popeye" deformity.

Limited Range of Motion

Difficulty fully extending or flexing the arm or limited shoulder mobility may be present with a biceps tendon injury.

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A comprehensive diagnosis of your condition at HSA

It's important not to ignore these symptoms, as untreated biceps tendon injuries can lead to chronic pain, weakness, and impaired arm function. If you are experiencing them, consult our experienced team at HSA for a comprehensive evaluation and to determine the most appropriate treatment, which may include biceps tendon repair. Our skilled surgeons will assess your condition, provide a personalized treatment plan, and guide you through every step of your recovery journey to restore strength and function to your shoulder.

What is the procedure?

Our surgeon makes small incisions around the shoulder to access the damaged biceps tendon when performing a repair. The torn or ruptured ends of the tendon are then meticulously reattached to the correct location using specialized surgical instruments. Depending on the extent of the injury and the patient's specific condition, different surgical techniques may be employed, including arthroscopic or open surgery.

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Candidates for biceps tendon repair

Candidates for biceps tendon repair are individuals who have experienced a biceps tendon tear or rupture that causes significant:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Limited arm movement

Biceps tendon repair may be considered if conservative treatments, such as rest, physical therapy, or medications, do not provide satisfactory relief. However, the decision to undergo surgery is made in collaboration with the patient and their medical team at HSA, considering factors such as overall health and the patient's activity level.

What is the recovery after surgery?

Recovery after biceps tendon repair can vary based on the surgical approach used, the extent of the tendon injury, and individual healing rates. Here is some general information:

  • Following the procedure, patients must wear a sling to protect the repaired tendon and allow for proper healing.
  • Physical therapy is an essential part of the recovery process, helping to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the shoulder.
  • Patients can typically resume light activities within a few weeks, but full recovery and return to normal activities may take several months.
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Why choose us?

At HSA, our fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeons are experts in performing biceps tendon repair surgery. We provide personalized care and comprehensive treatment plans to address each patient's unique needs, ensuring optimal outcomes and improved shoulder function. If you are experiencing biceps tendon pain or suspect a biceps tendon injury, schedule a consultation with our experienced team to determine if biceps tendon repair is the proper treatment for you. We deliver expert care and support on your journey to recovery and restored shoulder strength and function.

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