What happens during Biceps Tenodesis surgery?
The orthopedic shoulder surgeons at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho recommend biceps tenodesis surgery when non-surgical treatment measures have failed to alleviate shoulder pain and shoulder disability. If shoulder surgery is warranted, arthroscopic and minimally-invasive open shoulder repair techniques may be recommended for patients in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the surrounding communities of the Treasure Valley. During the procedure, the biceps tendon is released from the attachment site, inside the shoulder joint through arthroscopic surgery. It is then reattached to the upper arm bone (humerus). The reattachment of the biceps tendon will allow it to be away from the area of the shoulder, so there is little to no irritation with overhead activities. Arthroscopic biceps tenodesis is minimally invasive and is done through a small incisions near the front of the arm and armpit. Special surgical instruments and a small camera are used to make the repairs within the shoulder, helping patients return to their normal activities quicker and with less pain.
How long will it take to recover from Biceps Tenodesis?
Recovery from biceps tenodesis will vary based on age, extent of injury and overall patient health. Here are some things to expect:
- Patients will be placed in a sling to provide shoulder comfort and to keep the shoulder immobile directly after surgery.
- Passive and active assisted shoulder exercises will begin shortly after surgery, followed by active range of motion exercises as prescribed by your shoulder surgeon.
- A sling is typically used for two to four weeks following shoulder surgery and may be removed during the day for regular exercises and when working with physical therapy.
- It is common to avoid lifting anything heavy until the biceps tendon has healed sufficiently.
- After complete healing of the biceps repair procedure (also known as biceps tenodesis procedure) full range of motion should be achieved without pain.
- Patients are encouraged to use their arm without limitation and may return to strengthening exercises
Patients who undergo biceps tenodesis can expect an exceptional surgical outcome in most cases, when arthroscopic surgery is performed by the orthopedic shoulder specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho.
For more information about biceps tenodesis, or shoulder pain and instability, please contact The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho, serving Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the surrounding communities of the Treasure Valley.