What is a biceps tenodesis?
Most patients recover successfully with conservative therapy after a proximal biceps tendon injury. However, in patients that experience cramping, more severe pain, or who have had unsuccessful conservative treatment, surgical intervention may be necessary. The biceps tendon can be surgically repaired by removing the frayed fragments of the tendon by debridement. Alternatively, a biceps tenodesis can be performed. This procedure involves removing the damaged portion of the biceps tendon and reattaching the remaining distal portion to the proximal humerus. The goal of a biceps tenodesis procedure is to reduce the irritation in the tendon by stabilizing its insertion site. Reattaching the tendon using the tenodesis procedure reduces pain and restores arm and shoulder function. Dr. Riley J. Williams, Orthopedic shoulder surgeon, treats patients in Manhattan, New York City, and the surrounding New York boroughs who require a biceps tenodesis for a biceps tendon injury.