Biceps Tenodesis Animation
This minimally-invasive surgical procedure is used to repair a rupture or partial tear of the biceps tendon in the shoulder, or to treat chronic tendinitis. In this procedure, the Long Head of Biceps (LHB) tendon is reattached to the top of the humerus, relieving pain, discomfort and restoring stability and strength to the arm. The biceps muscle has two tendons that attach at the upper arm in the shoulder. That is why it is called the biceps.
One of the two tendons of the biceps that is commonly damaged in the shoulder is called the Long Head of the Biceps (LHB) tendon. This tendon attaches at the top of the socket in the shoulder joint.
This biceps tendon can become inflamed from tendinitis, can shift out of position, can partially tear, or can rupture entirely.
Shoulder pain and sometimes functional impairment can occur.
If surgery is pursued, a minimally-invasive procedure is used to transfer the damaged portion of the biceps from its attachment at the top of the socket, to a new home at the top of the humerus outside of the shoulder joint.
Although the above animation depicts the procedure as being done through a larger incision, which is still sometimes necessary, I often treat these arthroscopically through four tiny nick incisions around the shoulder.
The procedure is usually performed as an outpatient in a surgery center. After the procedure, a sling or immobilizer is utilized. Physical therapy is recommended postoperatively.
This procedure is intended to relieve pain, discomfort and restore stability and strength to the arm.
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Omaha Shoulder Information provided by Dr. Darren Keiser MD