How is pectoralis tendon repair surgery done?
Ideally, a rupture or complete tear of the pectoralis major tendon should be repaired as soon as possible. The tendon can retract into the chest wall and repair can be more difficult when scarring is present. The orthopedic shoulder surgeons at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho can reattach the torn muscle and tendon to the humerus (upper arm bone) using strong sutures and anchors. The goal is to obtain an anatomical reduction of the tendon foot-print while avoiding injury to the adjacent long head of the biceps.
In rare cases, if a pectoralis tendon repair needs to be performed more than three months after the tear, a tendon graft may be needed to complete the repair. Tendon grafts can be obtained from the patient (autograft) or from a donor (allograft).
What is the recovery time after a pectoralis tendon repair?
Patients are usually placed in a sling for three to six weeks following pectoralis tendon repair. Careful passive and active exercises are done with a physical therapist as prescribed by the orthopedic shoulder surgeons at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho. After approximately three months, strengthening is allowed, with a full return to competitive activity after six months.
For additional information about chest or shoulder pain caused by a torn pectoralis tendon, or to see if you are a candidate for pectoralis tendon repair surgery, please visit the orthopedic shoulder surgeons at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho, serving patients in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the surrounding communities of the Treasure Valley.