The Quad City Area’s Only Group of All Board-Certified
Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons

The Quad City Area’s Only Group of All Board-Certified
Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons

Proximal Biceps Tendon Rupture: Partial or Complete


What is Proximal Biceps Tendon Rupture?

Proximal Biceps Tendon Rupture at the shoulder commonly originates as fraying of the long head of the biceps tendon in the shoulder. Partial tears may result in a complete tendon rupture from an injury sustained during heavy lifting. The tear is usually associated with a sudden pop or tearing sensation and pain in the shoulder. Significant bruising and swelling may occur. A partial tear is less severe than a complete biceps tendon rupture that results in loss of shoulder and arm strength and requires surgical repair.

Non-surgical Treatments

Partial proximal biceps tendon ruptures may be treated with rest, avoiding aggravating activities, anti-inflammatories, and/or therapy. Complete tears are typically treated with surgical repair. Non-surgical treatment often results in loss of shoulder strength and is typically reserved for older, low demand patients. Many partial tears will remain chronically symptomatic and require treatment. While non-surgical treatment can relieve mild cases of the condition, surgery may be necessary if it continues to worsen.

Surgical Treatments

Arthroscopic Proximal Biceps Tendon Rupture Repair (Minimally Invasive)

Minimally invasive arthroscopic proximal biceps tendon rupture repair is the primary method of choice at Orthopaedic Specialists for repairing the biceps tendon. During surgery, a small incision is made in front of the shoulder through which an arthroscope, or small video camera, is inserted to allow your surgeon to view the surgery on a monitor. Special instrumentation is used to reattach the tendon. This technique results in a smaller incision, less scarring, less pain, and faster recovery.

Mini-Open Biceps Tenodesis

Mini-open Biceps Tenodesis surgery is used for both partial or complete biceps tendon tears to relieve shoulder pain. During surgery, a small (2-3 cm incision) is made in front of the shoulder; the biceps tendon is detached from the area of injury and reattached to the humeral head. This procedure works well for relieving pain, weakness, and visible postsurgical muscle deformities.

Contact Orthopaedic Specialists, Inc.

If you would like to learn more about our minimally invasive treatment options, please schedule a consultation at our practice, and one of our fellowship-trained orthopaedic specialists will help you find the best solution for your shoulder symptoms by calling (563) 344-9292

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