Graphic illustration showing a Distal Biceps Tendon Repair

AOA Presentation On Distal Biceps Tendon Repairs

Distal Biceps Tendon Presentation

Mr Paul Jarrett presented at the Western Australian Orthopaedic Association meeting in August on results of 115 Endoscopic Distal Biceps Tendon repairs. Our team and the team at Hands & All are currently conducting research into these injuries, in which the biceps muscle tendon is pulled out of its insertion at the forearm, often due to sudden forced straightening of the elbow during lifting, falling or moving a heavy load.

Distal biceps tendon rupture/tear treatment

If the distal biceps tendon is completely torn or a large portion of it is torn, in most cases surgery is required to allow best return of strength and function to the arm. Surgical techniques and materials have progressed greatly in recent years. Early techniques required much larger wounds with a greater risk of complications, and repairs were weaker which often meant a period of immobilisation with a cast or splint, usually followed by a great deal of therapy to regain movement and strength in the arm.

About distal biceps repairs

Paul developed a minimally invasive telescopic technique using an endo-button type repair which has been shown to be the strongest form of fixation available, which allows for immediate movement and no need to wear a bulky splint or cast. While it is important to only use the arm for very light activities for 6 weeks, gentle exercises and light function are permitted straight after surgery, which means that any stiffness usually resolves relatively quickly, and the recovery period is easier and more comfortable. The minimally invasive technique using an endoscope or tiny camera allows excellent visualisation and repair of injured structures without the need for large incisions, minimising scar tissue and reduces the risk of complications. Importantly, excellent results have been achieved for patients using these techniques, with excellent return of movement, strength, and function.

Graphic illustration showing a Distal Biceps Tendon Repair

You can read more about Distal Biceps Tendon Ruptures here.

If you wish to book an appointment with Mr Jarrett please contact our team on 1300 527 738 or via the contact us page on our website.