Capital Surgical Associates is deeply saddened to announce that Dr. Jon Getz passed away on July 8, 2021. His patients are extremely important to us, and we will do everything we can to ensure we are providing care for his current patients and those that were to have surgery with him in the future. Please contact the office to discuss options with our clinical team. Dr. Steven Williams and Dr. Daniel Gay are happy to offer their services where appropriate and if patients so choose. This is a tragic loss, and he will be deeply missed not only for his surgical expertise but for the truly wonderful person he is.

Bicep Tenodesis of the Shoulder

What is Biceps Tenodesis of the Shoulder?

Biceps Tenodesis of the shoulder is a specific kind of surgery that repairs a tear in the tendon connecting your biceps to your shoulder. It might be performed by itself or as part of a more extensive shoulder surgery procedure.

Bicep Tenodesis of the Shoulder Surgery Boise

Why Might I Need Biceps Tenodesis Surgery?

You may recognize a torn bicep immediately, or due to repetitive shoulder motions, symptoms may intensify over time. Symptoms might include:

  • A sudden, severe pain in your upper arm that might also include a snapping sound
  • Cramping of your bicep muscle after or during heavy use
  • Pain and a tender feeling in your shoulder or elbow
  • Bruising from the center of the bicep muscle down to the elbow
  • Difficulty rotating your arm into a palm up or down position
  • A noticeable bulge in your upper arm

What Does Preparation for Biceps Tenodesis of the Shoulder Look Like?

A few days before the surgery, you will likely be given a topical medicine to clean your skin. Leading up to your surgery, your surgeon will discuss any current medications you're taking and what ones you can or cannot take before surgery. Your surgeon will also ask you not to eat or drink the day of your surgery.

How is Biceps Tenodesis of the Shoulder Performed?

This type of surgery may be performed arthroscopically or open and may depend on your surgeon and personal experience.

Open Surgery

An open surgery will involve one large incision as well as several small ones.

Arthroscopic Surgery

The arthroscopic surgery will employ several small incisions.

Risks and Potential Complications of Biceps Tenodesis of the Shoulder

Complications from this type of surgery are relatively rare. The risk of infection, bleeding and negative reaction to anesthesia can be a risk of any surgery. If this surgery is part of a larger operation on the shoulder, complications that could occur include nerve injury in the shoulder, stiff shoulder or shoulder joint cartilage damage.

Bicep Tenodesis of the Shoulder Surgery Boise

What to Expect During the Surgery

General anesthersia will be administered during this type of surgery. If your surgeon is performing biceps tenodesis surgery using small incisions, they will use a scope to look inside the shoulder prior to performing the surgery. During the procedure, a screw or other anchoring device will be inserted into the upper arm bone and then the long end of the biceps will be clipped and sewed onto the screw.

Biceps Tenodesis of the Shoulder

"The outlook of this surgery is generally very good with as much as 95% of patients having pain relief and improved muscle function."

- Dr. Hessing, Orthopedic Surgeon

Want to learn more about shoulder pain? Check out our resource guide on shoulder pain

According to data from Statista, in 2018, 24% of American adults had been diagnosed with a pain condition. Shoulder issues are common causes of such pain. Shoulder pain can be experienced due to many factors like accidents and conditions such as arthritis or referred pain.


What Does Recovery/Rehabilitation Look Like?

Recovering from biceps tenodesis can be fairly lengthy. It will require a lot of rest and physical therapy. You will be required to wear a sling for a few weeks following the procedure to minimize your shoulder use. One to two weeks after the surgery, you will have passive motion. After about three months, most patients will start to recover arm function and strength.

Seeing an Orthopedic Specialist at Capital Surgical Associates

Jeffrey Hessing, MD and Ryan Applonie, DO have a passion for helping others. They have a combined 50+ years of orthopedic excellence dedicated to the people of the Boise area. All of our surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.


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