Arthroscopic Biceps Tenodesis

Arthroscopic biceps tenodesis is a surgical procedure that is usually performed when individual suffers from inflammation and tendon tears from overuse of the biceps muscle. A surgeon may recommend biceps tenodesis surgery to correct torn bicep tendons, to stabilize a bicep if you have a rotator cuff tear, or to remedy biceps tendinopathy, which is a type of tendon-related injury.

In most cases, biceps tenodesis is a same-day surgery. During the procedure, your surgeon will insert through a small incision an arthroscope with a needle that will go through the back of your biceps tendon to the front. A suture will then be applied to ensure the affected tendon remains stable throughout your surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon will then use a guide wire and reamer to create a tunnel in your humerus, or upper arm bone, and reattach your tendon to your humerus with a screw.

After your procedure, you will receive post-surgical exercises from your orthopedic surgeon, including additional instructions from a physical therapist, before you are discharged. Your arm will then remain in a sling for up to 3 weeks as you heal. Biceps tenodesis recovery time varies. For minor tears, most people recover within 3 weeks. However, if your tear is severe in nature, it may take up to 6 months for you to regain normal use of your arm.

To learn more about arthroscopic biceps tenodesis, or to schedule a consultation with one of our specialty-trained orthopedic doctors at Blair Orthopedics, please call 814-942-1166