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Biceps Tenodesis vs. Tenotomy

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Updated June 04, 2014

Patients with biceps tendon problems, including biceps tendonitis and SLAP tears, may require surgical treatment. When the biceps tendon needs treatment, two options include biceps tenodesis and biceps tenotomy.

In a biceps tenodesis, the attachment of the biceps is moved to relieve pressure on the injured tendon. Patients have a slightly longer rehab, but better function and a normal appearing biceps muscle.

Patients who have a biceps tenotomy have the injured biceps tendon cut. The rehab is easy because there are no restrictions on the patient. There may be some arm cramping associated with a biceps tenotomy, and the biceps muscle may look slightly abnormal. Deciding which procedure is best for you depends on a number of factors you can discuss with your doctor.

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