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Biceps Tenodesis

Overview

What is Biceps Tenodesis?

  • The tendon of the long head of the biceps can become damaged and inflamed and cause significant shoulder pain.
  • The biceps sits in a groove in the front of the shoulder and repetitive shoulder motion can cause damage and inflammation to the biceps (Figure 1 and 2)
  • Biceps tenodesis is a surgical procedure that reattaches the biceps from the glenoid to the humerus. (Figure 3)
Why perform a Biceps Tenodesis?
  • Biceps tenodesis is a method to eliminate pain that is caused by a damaged biceps. Damage to the biceps may not show up well on MRI. A damaged or inflamed biceps can be appreciated during arthroscopy.
How is Biceps Tenodesis performed?
  • Ahmad generally performs biceps tenodesis arthroscopically. Other surgeons prefer to do an open procedure. Arthroscopy has potential advantages of less scar tissue and better appearance of the smaller incision.

Watch Dr. Ahmad perform a biceps tenodesis in a competitive baseball player

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