Biceps tendon tears brought on by trauma or overuse are treated surgically with biceps tenodesis. SLAP tears, or tears in the labrum (the cartilage lining the interior of the shoulder joint) are also treated by this treatment.
The biceps tendons connect the upper arm’s biceps muscle to the shoulder at one end and the elbow at the other. The biceps tendon separates into the long head and the short head at the shoulder end.
The biceps tendon is separated from the labrum and moved to the upper arm bone (humerus) during biceps tenodesis.
A significant number of individuals with a torn biceps tendon can continue to maintain their normal level of functioning. Simply applying ice, taking aspirin or ibuprofen and getting some rest may be all that’s required. Physical therapy and cortisone injections may also be helpful.
Surgery can be required if these options are ineffective or if the patient needs to fully recover their strength. To help assess the severity of the patient’s injury, the healthcare provider may examine the arm and shoulder in a number of ways.
The tendons or fibrocartilage that hold the upper arm into the shoulder are repaired during these treatments. Biceps tenodesis is frequently performed in conjunction with other shoulder procedures, which may encompass addressing issues such as a labral tear (SLAP) or undergoing rotator cuff surgery.
The following increase risk factors for biceps tears include:
Biceps tenodesis is a surgical procedure designed to alleviate pain and weakness in the shoulder and biceps muscles resulting from a tear in the long head of the biceps tendon. This specific tendon is situated at the upper part of the bicep muscle and is attached to the labrum, which is cartilage that lines the shoulder socket.
The biceps tendon is released from the labrum during the biceps tenodesis surgery by the healthcare provider. In certain cases, the surgeon repositions the biceps tendon to the upper arm bone, known as the humerus.
A healthcare provider has the option to repair the biceps tendon through either open surgery or arthroscopic surgery.
Before the procedure, the patient will be administered either general anesthesia or regional anesthesia. The healthcare provider will give more detailed recommendations, but in general, patient should follow the following guidelines:
Biceps toneless recovery takes a lot of time. Rest, sling use, and physical therapy are required. By four to six months following surgery, the majority of patients have a useful range of motion and enough strength. Up to a year may pass before they fully recover.
Physical therapy normally progresses with the following phases:
Engaging in physical activities, whether they involve exercise, sports, or weightlifting too soon after biceps tenodesis surgery can hinder the recovery. It’s important to consult with the healthcare provider about adding specific activities into the physical therapy regimen.
Any unexpected pain or other symptoms should be reported right once to the healthcare provider and physical therapist.
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