Distal and proximal bicep tendon repairs are performed as an outpatient surgery. Formal physical therapy can begin within 2 days of surgery.
How long does a bicep tendon surgery take?
Surgery usually takes about 1 hour. The tendon is repaired through a small incision in the front of the elbow. Sometimes, a second incision in the back of the elbow may be needed. After surgery, a splint or brace is used to protect the repair for a short time while it heals.
Do they put you to sleep for bicep surgery?
At the hospital or surgery centre
You will be kept comfortable and safe by your anesthesia provider. The anesthesia may make you sleep. Or it may just numb the area being worked on. The surgery will take 1 to 2 hours.
How painful is distal bicep tendon surgery?
There is often not a significant amount of pain with complete distal biceps tendon ruptures but there is a significant loss of strength. Partial distal bicep tendon ruptures with some remaining tendon attached to the radius will often present with pain primarily and not weakness.
Is distal bicep surgery outpatient?
Distal biceps repair is performed as an outpatient surgery. You will arrive approximately 1.5 – 2 hours prior to your procedure. Typically, you will be able to return home about two hours after your surgery is over.
How long can you wait to repair a torn bicep tendon?
Surgery to repair the tendon should be performed during the first 2 to 3 weeks after injury. After this time, the tendon and biceps muscle begin to scar and shorten, and restoring arm function with surgery may not be possible.
How long can you wait to repair a torn bicep?
Even mild injuries can take at least two months to heal. It often takes four to five months before you can start returning to normal activities. After surgery, you’ll probably need to wear a sling or otherwise immobilize your arm such as in a splint or cast for four to six weeks.