Biceps Tenotomy, Tenodesis and Transfer Surgery
Biceps Tenotomy, Biceps Transfer and Biceps Tenodesis are several surgical procedures that repair damaged biceps tendons. Strong cord-like structures of fibrous tissue, the tendons connect the bicep muscle in your upper arm to bones in the shoulder. The upper end of the bicep muscle has two tendons — the long head and the short head, which attach the biceps to the bones in the shoulder joint. The long-head bicep tendon connects the bicep muscle to the top of your shoulder socket (glenoid). The short-head tendon attaches to the small bump on the shoulder blade known as the coracoid process and is less commonly associated with tearing.
The bicep muscles control arm rotation and the bending of the elbow. A combination of muscles and tendons provide support for the upper arm bone, and keep it centered properly in the socket of the shoulder blade. The long head tendon is more susceptible to injury due to its placement in the shoulder joint. The short-head tendon of the biceps rarely tears. Fortunately, it can serve as a functioning joint if the long-head tendon is damaged.
When the long head of the biceps muscle is torn or detaches from the shoulder due to injury or overuse, your doctor may suggest one of the three surgical procedures to repair it depending on your lifestyle and injury — biceps tenotomy surgery, or biceps tenodesis surgery.
The multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic experts at North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute's Shoulder & Elbow Services in New York performs biceps tenotomy, transfer and tenodesis surgery as well as a broad range of nonsurgical and surgical treatments for conditions that affect the shoulder and elbow.
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