Dr. Tyson Cobb explains how his recently patented endoscopic biceps retractor tool combined with minimally invasive techniques can achieve superior results in the treatment of biceps tendon tears.
Davenport, IA—If a biceps tendon ruptures, the now detached muscle and tendon retract and shorten, typically leading to loss of strength in the affected arm, reveals Dr. Tyson Cobb, an orthopaedic surgeon in the Quad Cities area. Traditional open surgery can be very effective at treating this condition; however, he says there are a number of drawbacks, such as the size of the incision and scar, length of recovery, and risk of complications, that minimally invasive techniques could help to reduce. Seeking to improve the patient experience and the outcome of biceps repair surgery, he and a team of specialists at the American Hand Institute invented a number of medical devices, including the endoscopic biceps retractor.
Dr. Cobb explains that the endoscopic biceps retractor device allows the repair procedure to be performed through an incision approximately one-inch in size. “The endoscope is used to retrieve the ruptured and retracted biceps tendon and fix the biceps tendon into the radius bone of the forearm through a small, cosmetically pleasing, incision.” In addition to reducing the size of the scar, he says this method can offer a more rapid recovery and the potential for enhanced function and range of motion as compared with open surgery.
Dr. Cobb presented his research at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Hand Surgery last January showing that chronic distal biceps tendon ruptures can be successfully repaired without additional surgical procedures to harvest tendon grafts as is usually performed for chronic tears. Ultimately, Dr. Cobb believes the potential benefits of the innovative endoscopic biceps retractor device are innumerable, and he hopes that continued research into this area will yield additional improvements in technique and the development of other minimally invasive medical tools.
About Tyson Cobb, MD
Dr. Cobb is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon and the Director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Orthopaedic Specialists, located in the Davenport, Bettendorf, Clinton, and the Quad Cities area. He earned his medical degree from the Texas Tech School of Medicine, after which he completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Mayo Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Following his residency at Mayo Clinic, he completed a fellowship in microsurgery, hand, and upper extremity surgery at the University of Texas. Dr. Cobb is board certified and has completed a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand. In addition to being an active member of several prestigious medical organizations, he also holds patents to multiple minimally invasive medical devices, including the endoscopic biceps retractor. Dr. Cobb is available for interview upon request.
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Orthopaedic Specialists, PC
3385 Dexter Ct.
Davenport, IA 52807
4480 Utica Ridge Rd., Ste. 2240
Bettendorf, IA 52722
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Clinton, IA 52732
Biceps injuries, such as a biceps tendon rupture, can cause significant pain and lead to reduced arm strength and function. In the past, surgery for this condition required a large open incision and a lengthy downtime. At Orthopaedic Specialists, we are proud to announce our skilled orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Tyson Cobb, in conjunction with his partners at the American Hand Institute, has designed, developed, and patented an innovative minimally invasive surgical device that allows this operation to be performed through a one-inch opening. Furthermore, this new innovative surgical technique can be performed through a transverse incision in the elbow crease, resulting in a much more cosmetically pleasing and less visible scar as compared to the traditional large longitudinal incision. As a result, patients typically experience less pain, a shorter recovery, and a smaller scar than with the traditional approach.
Commonly called the Endoscopic Biceps Tendon Retractor Device, Dr. Cobb’s minimally invasive tool utilizes an endoscope, or lighted camera, to view the internal structures. This makes it possible to locate the retracted biceps and reattach the tendon onto the bone through a small opening located within the elbow crease. In addition to the enhanced cosmetic result, this technique typically results in less tissue exposure, bleeding, and post-operative pain, as well as a shorter recovery time. Furthermore, Dr. Cobb also uses a new technique for chronic tears that traditionally were repaired using a tendon graft. This older, traditional approach required a simultaneous second surgery to harvest the donor tendon. Dr. Cobb’s new minimally invasive technique, however, is performed without the need for tendon graft surgery and has been shown to successfully restore range of motion.
Dr. Cobb successfully patented two devices, the endoscopic bicep retractor and endoscopic cubital tunnel cannula—a tube-like tool that aids in this minimally invasive operation. He is also currently awaiting the approval of a third patent for a surgical bone anchor. These inventions, along with Dr. Cobb’s research and surgical skill, will likely prove incredibly beneficial to patients who have suffered biceps injuries.
For more information about the endoscopic biceps tendon retractor device and Dr. Cobb’s experience developing minimally invasive surgical techniques, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.
Whether performed as part of demanding exercise regimen or as an occupational duty, heavy lifting can place great strain on the biceps muscles and tendons. When overstressed, these tissues can be damaged, typically leading to significant pain and debilitation. If you’re suffering from a biceps injury or believe you may be, Dr. Tyson Cobb and our team of experienced healthcare professionals can diagnose your condition and provide effective treatment options tailored to your specific needs.
There are three main types of biceps injuries: tendinitis, tendon dislocation, and tendon tear or rupture. Tendinitis usually occurs as a result of overuse and often can be healed with rest and time, particularly if the injury is minor. As with many biceps injuries, the discomfort may originate from the shoulder or the elbow. During your initial consultation, Dr. Cobb will determine the nature of your injury.
Tendon dislocation, sometimes called tendon instability or tendon subluxation, generally occurs as a result of complications from a shoulder injury, such as a rotator cuff tear, where the long head of the biceps tendon migrates out of the anatomical groove where it should sit. Generally the two conditions will need to be treated together.
Biceps tendon tear or rupture can occur as a result of overuse or traumatic injury. Tears can be partial or complete and can occur at the shoulder (long head) or at the elbow. Minor partial tears often can be addressed with non-surgical treatment. A full tear, also called a rupture, typically results in shortening of the muscle, creating a bulge. Biceps tendon tears of the long head can cause a “popeye” muscle in the arm. Tears of the biceps at the elbow result in weakness and should be surgically repaired to restore strength in active people. At Orthopaedic Specialists, we offer minimally invasive endoscopic surgical options for both of these conditions, and Dr. Cobb has developed and patented an innovative surgical device that is designed to repair biceps tendon tears using a minimally invasive technique.
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For more information about biceps injuries and the available surgical and non-surgical treatment options, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cobb, please contact our office today.