Bicep Tenodesis Recovery in Gallatin and Nashville, TN
At the Southern Sports Medicine Institute, Dr. Thomas Gautsch and his team of medical professionals offer diagnosis, recovery care, and both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for biceps injuries. Bicep tenodesis is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which is used to repair the biceps tendon. Rest, rehabilitation exercises, and physical therapy are all part of the recovery process. Recovery after biceps tenodesis surgery usually takes at least 4 to 6 weeks. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online today. We have convenient locations in Gallatin and Nashville TN.
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Is bicep tendon surgery worth it?
What are the symptoms or signs I might need biceps tenodesis surgery?
What is the recovery timeline for biceps tenodesis surgery?
How long does bicep tenodesis surgery take to heal?
The tendons that attach the bicep muscle to the shoulder are frequently used for most sports, or manual labour jobs, and whenever you rotate your arm, but they can sometimes become unstable, damaged, or tear. A biceps tenodesis is a surgical procedure used just to repair the bicep muscle to fix any tearing and ensure it is securely attached to the shoulder. This procedure has incredible success as a stand-alone procedure for the restoration of full shoulder and arm mobility, but is also frequently performed as part of a larger shoulder surgery.
If you have incurred an injury that has damaged the bicep tendon, the surgical procedure that is available to fix the damaged tendon has a very high success rate and will provide significant pain relief and minimally changes in mobility. There are several treatment options available for a damaged tendon in the bicep, with only one other commonly used surgical procedure, but a bicep tenodesis is typically the best option for those who are more active, athletes, manual labourers, or those who care about the resulting appearance of their bicep. Recovery from a bicep tenodesis procedure will provide the best outcome for those who wish to restore full mobility and strength to their shoulder and bicep while experiencing far less pain, making it well worth it for those who will need to continue using their affected arm and shoulder regularly.
A biceps tenodesis surgery is performed to fix a tear or other type of damage that has occurred in the tendon that connects the bicep muscle to the shoulder.
Some indicators that you may have torn or damaged this tendon include:
– You are experiencing pain in your shoulder that is not ameliorated with rest, pain medication, or physical therapy.
– You experience cramping in your upper arm, particularly when lifting or carrying heavy objects.
– There is a sudden sharp pain in your upper arm, possibly associated with a popping or snapping noise.
– Bruising or swelling develops along the upper arm to the elbow.
– There is a visible, large bulge that develops in the upper portion of the arm.
– You are unable to rotate the arm to make your palm face upwards.
There are several treatment options available for biceps tenodesis that may be better suited to treat your specific condition, so even if you are experiencing all of these symptoms, you will be able to determine with your physician if a biceps tenodesis surgery is the correct course of treatment.
The exact recovery timeline will vary a bit from person to person depending on several factors, but it is very important that patients do not try to rush the recovery process, as going back to playing your favorite sport or working a labour job can lead you to re-injure the biceps tendon before it has fully healed. Immediately following the procedure, patients will need to wear either an arm sling or an arm immobilizer for around 2 to 6 weeks to make sure that the healing tendon is not used at all during this time. It is common for patients to need to take this time off from work or to ask for assistance completing daily activities to ensure that the tendon is able to heal properly. Once the immobilizer can be removed, you will likely need to meet with a physical therapist to start strengthening the affected shoulder and to increase its range of motion. Regularly scheduled physical therapy appointments will likely be recommended for the next 6 months to restore full functioning back to the biceps tendons, with most patients being able to start doing advanced strengthening exercises and lifting heavier objects around 10 weeks post-surgery.
Patients who follow all provided after-care instructions provided for their bicep tenodesis surgery, wear the sling for the entire recommended time, and start physical therapy as recommended and continue as frequently as recommended will be able to experience substantial improvement within 4 to 6 months, and take around one year to achieve full recovery.
If you are looking for Biceps tenodesis therapy and help with recovery. Visit us at the Southern Sports Medicine Institute. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online today. We have convenient locations in Gallatin and Nashville TN. We serve patients from Gallatin TN, Nashville TN, Portland TN, Hendersonville TN, Lafayette TN, Castalian Springs TN, Westmoreland TN, Hartsville TN, Cottontown TN, Old Hickory TN, Goodlettsville TN, Springfield TN, Red Boiling Springs TN, White House TN, Lebanon TN, Greenbrier TN, Bowling Green KY, Bethpage TN, Lavergne TN, Franklin TN, Hermitage TN and Mount Juliet TN.
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