Biceps Tenotomy

Assurance of Effective & Precise Treatment Approach with Minimal Complications

The biceps are the most crucial group of muscles, being the basic requirement for lifting, shifting, and other daily chores done with hands. Two tendons connect the biceps muscles to the labrum (shoulder). The broader (short-head) tendon seldom develops issues, whereas the long-head tendon is more prone to damage, causing inflammation and pain due to tear. An arthroscopic surgery, called bicep tenotomy, can be performed by our medical surgeons at Omni Hospitals to release the affected tendon from its anchor point at the shoulder if it becomes frayed, painful, or degenerated in order to alleviate pain and heal.

Let’s understand the various aspects of Bicep tenotomy.

What signs indicate the necessity for a biceps tenotomy procedure?

  • Rest, physical therapy, or painkillers haven’t been able to relieve your shoulder or upper arms ache.
  • Your upper arm begins to hurt suddenly and severely.
  • Particularly after carrying or lifting big things, your upper arm may experience cramping.

What exactly does bicep tenotomy entail?

When a biceps tenotomy is performed, the biceps tendon is separated from the labrum and allowed to retract into the upper arm. The injury is left alone to heal without being reattached to any shoulder structures. An arthroscopic technique is a viable option for biceps tenotomy. Due to this, a number of little incisions may be made throughout the treatment rather than one huge cut.

A tiny camera is inserted into the joint as part of the arthroscopic method of performing a biceps tenotomy to provide a clear image of the region. Next, the tendon is released from its anchor point using specialized instruments that are introduced through a smaller incision. The minor incisions are then sewn up after the removal of the instruments.

Recovery after Biceps Tenotomy

Recovery from a biceps tenotomy often takes less time than from a biceps tenodesis since there is no reattachment required.

Rest, sling use, and physical therapy for four to six weeks following surgery are part of the recovery process. This will be followed by targeted exercises that will help in regaining mobility and endurance in the shoulder joint and a gradual return to regular activities. Your personal health and the specifics of your condition will, however, have an impact on how quickly you recover. You could occasionally have muscular cramps and spasms after your biceps tenotomy. This is most common after exerting oneself or turning something repeatedly, like lifting weights or spinning a screwdriver.

Complications of Biceps Tenotomy

Although the risks & complications are pretty uncommon, the following problems are those that might arise after the procedure;

  • Bleeding and infection
  • Anesthesia-related adverse response
  • Stiffness or Frozen Shoulder
  • Impact on the nearby shoulder nerves
  • Damage to the shoulder joint’s cartilage (Chondrolysis)

At Omni, our medical professionals provide comprehensive care for a variety of orthopaedic conditions, including biceps tenotomy. We provide a wide range of specialisations, including pain management, paediatric orthopaedic services and sports medicine. With the goal of facilitating early mobilization, we put a priority on offering the best possible patient care.

Schedule a consultation today with the top orthopaedic surgeon at Omni Hospitals.


Q1. What is the recovery time following a biceps tenotomy?

Ans. Your symptoms should be around 80% improved after three months following surgery. You may need 6 to 9 months to heal completely, but after that, you’ll keep getting better for up to a year.

Q2. How long should someone wear a sling following a biceps tenotomy?

Ans. After your operation, you’ll need to wear an arm sling for four to six weeks.

Q3. Can you lift weights after a biceps tenotomy?

Ans. It will probably take you 4-6 months before you can resume heavy lifting. The same holds true for activities involving strong overhead movements like weightlifting, strength, and balance.

Q4. What percentage of biceps tenotomies are successful?

Ans. The success rate of biceps tendon surgery is quite high. After the operation, almost all patients report feeling less pain and having increased strength.

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