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.