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 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.
How long is recovery after bicep tendon surgery?
This will start after the splint or brace is removed. Rehab usually lasts for 2 months. It takes about 3 to 4 months for your biceps muscle to heal. You may be able to do easier daily activities in 2 to 3 weeks, as long as you do not use your injured arm.
How soon can you drive after bicep tendon surgery?
You may drive when you are no longer taking pain medicine and feel you can control the car. This will take about 4 weeks or as your doctor says. If you had arthroscopic surgery, you can take a shower 48 to 72 hours after surgery. If your doctor agrees, remove the sling, and leave your arm by your side.
Should I have surgery for a torn bicep tendon?
To return arm strength to near normal levels, surgery to repair the torn tendon is usually recommended. However, nonsurgical treatment is a reasonable option for patients who may not require full arm function.
Is distal bicep surgery worth it?
Surgeons seem to agree that the benefit of surgery is a little more supination strength, with flexion strength returning close to normal with or without surgery. An untreated rupture causes less deformity than with proximal biceps rupture. Surgery adds a scar and does not entirely prevent deformity.
How long do you wear a sling after bicep tendon surgery?
For about 4 to 6 weeks, individuals need to wear a sling to restrict the use of their arm and let the tissues heal. After 6 weeks, individuals can begin to expand their range of motion.
Can I drive after bicep surgery?
As long as you wear your sling as instructed by your doctor and are no longer taking narcotics, you may drive if you are comfortable doing so. Driving with automatic transmission (as compared to manual transmission) is recommended. Most people do not drive after the surgery for at least 10 days.
How do you shower after bicep surgery?
You are ok to shower and get your incision site wet but do not soak in a tub or go in a hot tub or pool. Take the pain medication as needed but follow all directions on the bottle and do not take more than prescribed to avoid abuse. You should keep your arm in a sling as much as possible.
How should I sleep after bicep surgery?
To maximize your comfort and protect your shoulder while it is immobilized, look over at your surgical arm when you are lying down and check to see if you can see your elbow. If not, have someone place a few pillows underneath the back of your arm, between your arm and the bed or recliner.
Can you legally drive with your arm in a sling?
The bottom line is that, if you need to be in a sling, you cannot drive. It isn’t safe, especially if you encounter any surprises on the road.
What happens if you don’t fix a torn bicep?
When you tear your bicep tendon at the elbow, your other arm muscles will compensate, so you’ll still have full range of motion. However, your arm will most likely lose strength if the tendon is not repaired.
How long does it take for a tendon to heal after surgery?
Recovery and care after surgery
Healing can take up to 12 weeks. The injured tendon may need to be supported with a splint or cast to take tension off of the repaired tendon. Physical therapy or occupational therapy is usually necessary to return movement in a safe manner.
What happens if a torn tendon is not repaired?
If left untreated, eventually it can result in other foot and leg problems, such as inflammation and pain in the ligaments in the soles of your foot (plantar faciitis), tendinitis in other parts of your foot, shin splints, pain in your ankles, knees and hips and, in severe cases, arthritis in your foot.
How much is bicep tendon surgery?
According to MDsave, a distal biceps tendon repair costs between $7,874 and $12,118.
Can I still workout with a torn bicep tendon?
In the case of a complete tear of the long head tendon, the short head tendon will allow you to continue using your biceps muscle. However, it can cause cramping and fatigue of the arm that may become worse with time.