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Bicep Tenodesis

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What Is A Bicep Tenodesis?

Surgeons perform bicep tenodesis to treat certain conditions affecting the long head of the biceps tendon, which runs from the shoulder joint to the upper arm. Moreover, this procedure involves reattaching or relocating the biceps tendon to alleviate pain and restore function. Futhermore, surgeons typically consider this procedure when non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy, medication, or rest, have not effectively relieved symptoms.


Conditions That Necessitate Bicep Tenodesis

When non-surgical treatments, have not effectively relieved symptoms associated with biceps tendon issues, surgeons typically consider bicep tenodesis. A few common conditions that may necessitate bicep tenodesis include a tear in the long head of the biceps tendon. These can cause pain, weakness, and limited shoulder mobility.

Additionally, bicep tendonitis, characterized by inflammation or irritation of the biceps tendon, often due to overuse or repetitive motions, may require this surgical intervention to alleviate pain and restore shoulder function. Additionally, a condition that may warrant bicep tenodesis is a Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) tear. Wherein the biceps tendon is partially or completely detached from the labrum, a cartilage ring that stabilizes the shoulder joint. In such cases, bicep tenodesis can help address these issues and improve the patient’s overall shoulder health and function.


Bicep Tenodesis Procedure

During a bicep tenodesis procedure, the surgeon typically makes a small incision near the shoulder or upper arm. Next, the surgeon identifies and releases the torn or damaged portion of the biceps tendon from its attachment in the shoulder joint. Subsequently, the surgeon reattaches the tendon to a different location on the humerus bone (upper arm bone) using sutures, anchors, or screws. This new attachment site is usually chosen to relieve symptoms and provide stability to the shoulder joint.

The objective of biceps tenodesis is to alleviate pain, enhance function, and regain strength in the affected arm. Surgeons may opt for arthroscopic methods, employing minimally invasive techniques, or opt for an open surgical approach, depending on the case specifics and surgeon’s preference. Following the procedure, recovery typically involves an initial phase of immobilization followed by a progressive rehabilitation program. Physical therapy is often advised by doctors to restore shoulder strength, flexibility, and range of motion.

As with any surgical procedure, biceps tenodesis carries risks, including infection, nerve or blood vessel damage, stiffness, and failure of the tendon to heal properly. It is essential to consult with an orthopedic surgeon to determine if biceps tenodesis is the appropriate treatment option for your specific condition and to discuss the potential risks and benefits involved.




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