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Biceps Tenodesis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about a biceps tenodesis?

Biceps tenodesis is surgery to repair a biceps tendon tear or to help make the tendon more stable. The biceps tendon will be detached from your shoulder socket. The damaged part of the tendon will be removed. Then the tendon will be attached to your upper arm bone (called the humerus). This helps relieve pain in your shoulder and make it more stable.

Shoulder Anatomy

How do I prepare for surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

What will happen after surgery?

Your arm will be put into a sling for up to 6 weeks to keep it from moving while you heal. Your healthcare providers will tell you if you need to sleep in the sling and when to wear it during the day. You may have a stiff or painful shoulder after surgery. This is normal and should get better with time and physical therapy. Your providers will tell you when to start having shoulder rehabilitation. These are exercises that will help increase your range of motion.

What are the risks of a biceps tenodesis?

You may develop an infection or bleed more than expected during surgery. You may also develop a hematoma (collection of blood) or a seroma (collection of fluid) under your skin. Nerves or veins may be injured or the humerus may be broken. You may have an allergic reaction to the fixation device. Any device used to fix the tendon to bone may fail. You may have chronic shoulder pain or stiffness, even after physical therapy.

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