Surgery for a proximal biceps tendon tear fixes a tendon that is torn near the shoulder. The proximal biceps tendon connects the biceps muscle to the shoulder blade.
A biceps tendon treatment is usually done as arthroscopic surgery. Your doctor puts a lighted tube and other surgical tools through small cuts (incisions) in your shoulder. The lighted tube is called an arthroscope, or scope. Most people go home the same day of the surgery.
Your doctor may choose to do an open surgery. He or she will make a 5 to 10 centimetre incision over your shoulder. If you have open surgery, you will probably stay in the hospital overnight.
In both surgeries, scars usually fade with time. The shape of your biceps should remain the same.
Your arm will be in a sling for about a month. You will need rehabilitation (rehab). This will probably start 1 to 2 weeks after your surgery and last for 2 to 3 months. It will take about 4 to 6 months for your shoulder to heal.
You may be able to do easy daily activities in 2 to 3 weeks, as long as you do not use your affected arm. Most people who work at a desk job can go back to work in 1 to 2 weeks. If you lift, push, or pull at work, you may be able to go back in 3 to 4 months. You should be able to throw objects and play sports 4 to 6 months after the surgery. How long your recovery takes depends on your injury and how well your rehab goes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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