Biceps Tendon Disruption Report

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Surgery for Biceps Tendon Disruption (Distal)

Surgery for a distal biceps tendon disruption is a procedure to reattach the distal biceps tendon to a bone in the elbow (radius). The distal biceps tendon attaches the biceps muscle to the radius. The biceps muscle helps to bend the elbow and rotate the palm upward (supinate). When the distal biceps tendon tears (ruptures), the biceps muscle separates from the radius. This interferes with arm function. The goal of this procedure is to reattach the tendon to the radius and to restore full function to the biceps muscle.

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Another incision may be made in the outer side of your elbow, depending on which technique your surgeon uses.
• Your tendon will be attached to your radius with one of the following methods:
• If only one incision was made in your elbow, screws (bone anchors) will be inserted into your radius through the incision. Your tendon will be attached to your radius using surgical stitches (sutures) that are sewn onto the bone anchors.
• If two incisions were made in your elbow, surgical instruments will be inserted through the incision in your outer elbow. A small hole (trough) will be made in your radius. Your tendon will be attached to your radius with sutures that are threaded through the trough.
• Your incision(s) will be closed using sutures, skin glue, or adhesive tape.
• Your incision(s) may be covered with a bandage (dressing).
• A brace, splint, or cast may be applied to your elbow to keep it in place for a period of time (immobilization).
The procedure may vary among hospitals and health care providers.

• Your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood oxygen level will be monitored often until the medicines you were given have worn off.
• You may continue to receive fluids and medicines through an IV

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