Distal Biceps surgery?
Pierre

La Prairie, Canada

#2750 Nov 14, 2011
Thanks for the post... I am 5 weeks after a single incision operation and feeling and looking great. Was 8 weeks too soon for strength training? And how long till you were back at the Gym on a regular training schedule? And...my big concern now...how did you get over the psychological fear of re-injuring..or does it feel that strong after a while? Thanks again!
Jeff wrote:
I am 4 weeks post op for double incision distal bicep reinsertion. Incisions were made on the outside of the forearm and the inner elbow at the fold.
A small titanium device was used in the bone and the tendons were sutured.
I spent 2 weeks in the post op brace. Then the stitches were removed and I used the fixed brace they molded for me the day before surgery. This could be removed for showering.
At 4 weeks I no longer need the brace. I begin range of motion therapy now and at 8 weeks post op I will begin weight/strength training.
I feel my surgeon did an awesome job. Pain was quite intense the day after surgery when the block wore off. By day 3 I no longer needed the pain meds.
I've only been out of the brace 2 days and my range of motion is very good already. The muscle atrophy in my bicep & tricep is already improving.
I'm an avid weight lifter and cant wait to get back to 100%. However, I am proceeding cautiously and following my doc's instructions to the letter. I don't want to go through this again!
I also had my knee scoped at this office by another doctor for a torn meniscus and shredding to the inner cap. That surgery & rehab went very well also.
I highly recommend Ortho/Neuro in Cols,Ohio.
Clamper Joe

Reno, NV

#2751 Nov 18, 2011
In april of '07 I had a total rupture of the distal bicep on my right (dominant) arm. Surgery waa exactly 1 week later and the doc did a great job. Some loss of supination and strength but otherwise ok. I was told by my PT to be careful because I would use my left arm more to compensate for the injury. I didnt listen. On 10/7 of this year I was hooking up a set of doubles (I drive for the largest delivery service in the world) and felt some discomfort when lifting a gear dolly. I shook it off. Then less than 2 weeks later I tried to lift a saftey chain overhand with my left arm and felt it pop with a sharp pain. The doc at the clinic took xrays and said they showed no soft tissue damage but I knew what had happened. He finally agreed to request an MRI which I recieved last tuesday. It revealed what the radiologist said was 1/2 cm of tendon still attached. They tried to refer me to another surgeon but I got approval from workmans comp to see the one who did my last surgery. My appt is this monday the 21st. Ok, enough background, here are my questions. First off, has anyone ever suffered an identical injury in the opposite arm afterwards? And secondly, I am concerned about the time lapse from the date of injury to the surgery,(almost a month and a half). Will the recovery be longer and the recovery as complete as the first?
I am a 60 year old man in pretty decent shape.
I thank in advance anyone who can help out.
mike

United States

#2752 Nov 24, 2011
Had the same surgery as y'all I'm 6 weeks in everything seems to be going good except the radiant pain down my arm and fingers feel funny like dummy feeling and my forearm is also numb its a workers comp case so I'm doing everything my dr says rehab is going great but I see a nerve specialist Monday to see about any nerve damage which I know sonething isn't right from reading what y'all have been saying also have a half dollar size knot under my incension physical therapist isn't sure what it is and seems like my dr could care less any info or advice would be very helpfull just email me I'm only in my 30s and don't want to lose full function of my arm or hand. [email protected]
Clamper Joe

Reno, NV

#2753 Nov 26, 2011
mike wrote:
Had the same surgery as y'all I'm 6 weeks in everything seems to be going good except the radiant pain down my arm and fingers feel funny like dummy feeling and my forearm is also numb its a workers comp case so I'm doing everything my dr says rehab is going great but I see a nerve specialist Monday to see about any nerve damage which I know sonething isn't right from reading what y'all have been saying also have a half dollar size knot under my incension physical therapist isn't sure what it is and seems like my dr could care less any info or advice would be very helpfull just email me I'm only in my 30s and don't want to lose full function of my arm or hand. [email protected]
Mike, I am not a doc but I have had 2 distal bicep ruptures with the 2nd surgery only 3 days ago. The knot may just be scar tissue which will go away in time.
What procedure did you have? Did he make 1 or 2 incisions? The nerve discomfort is something I also had but it too went away. My surgeon said something about the scar tissue forming along a nerve that goes to the wrist. Keep me posted and good luck my friend
Karenna

Chicago, IL

#2754 Dec 1, 2011
Bicep tendon tears is the biceps muscle is in the front of your upper arm. It helps you bend your elbow and rotate your forearm. It also helps keep your shoulder stable and if one undergoes a surgery with it, most likely it will experience a lot inconvenience. http://www.depuypinnaclelawsuit.com/recall
Kevin

United States

#2755 Dec 21, 2011
Anyone have to repair with the cadaver tendon?
Kevin

United States

#2756 Dec 22, 2011
Mike. I also had a know (5 years post op, having my second one in 2 weeks) but it wasnt that big and it went away after a year or 2. I hope its nothing and good luck.
Kevin

United States

#2757 Dec 22, 2011
Pierre, just be careful. I am/was an avid lifter. I think I was over my "fear" around 9-12 months. There will be quite a few bicep exercises (seated and preacher curls - FORGET IT) that you just cant do anymore. I lifted fir 4-5 years but then re ruptured it so be careful. I would advise, as I'll now do, to just do more tricep work and light bicep work. Triceps make up 2/3 of the arms mass so you'll still feel fuller. Watch out for lat exercises also as they put a lot of strain on the biceps.
Gerry

Montague, Canada

#2758 Jan 16, 2012
Mike wrote:
Be careful I have lost function to my fingers and thumb following single incision suture anchor method.3 weeks post op.
Mike
hi mike
9 wks post op numbness in fore arm thumb and wrist
bicep retracted still how are you?

Since: Jan 12

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#2759 Jan 19, 2012
Hello All,
December 20th I tore my distal bicep tendon while at work ...Had surgery to repair the faulty tendon Jan 5th. Recovery is good,I can fully extend my left arm and almost supinate my wrist fully. Question to you all:I believe I have radial nerve damage? I have numbness from the incision at the forearm {single incision method} all the way to the wrist towards the thumb.Sharp shooting pains also.At night while sleeping I am awakened by pain that radiates down my arm ,almost like a shooting pain that appears to start at the rotater cuff and ends in the wrist....pain is much worse at night but once I am awakened by this pain it subsides. This is a real pain in the ass! Will the feeling come back or am I going to suffer with this? Any experience out there with this problem?..thanx again

Since: Jan 12

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#2760 Jan 20, 2012
Matt wrote:
I had a distal bicep rupture on my left arm in November 06. I was able to get it repaired within a week. Yes, the couple days after sucked very bad. The pain was immense. I completed my therapy around the 1st part of March. I have full range of motion along with pronation/supination of my palm. The only problem that I have now is a shooting pain that runs down the forearm flexor, to my wrist, and up my thumb. This occurs with my arm straight and I try to go extreme supination/pronation with the palm, and also with the arm bent while trying to flex. I am unable to lift a moderate weight, 30 lbs., without it hurting. I am able to exercise somewhat with a lighter weight, but it starts to aggrevate me after a while.
Have any of you experienced symptoms like this? Will it go away? I was trying to make a presence in bodybuilding when this happened. I was moving furniture when I tore it, BTW. I would like to get back into the gym 100%, but this is stopping me from doing so. I would just like to know how long I have to wait before it's "normal". Thanks for any info. Sorry about the book. Please post here or email me at [email protected] Much appreciated.
Same problem here....they bruised your radial nerve during operation. I have the exact same problem...6 months to heal...in the mean time use a ace bandage...thats what im using..relieves my radial nerve pain...good luck
jeff

Marthasville, MO

#2761 Feb 14, 2012
im 56 had biceps and rotater cuff surgery dec 27 2011 since then wrist is numb thumb no longer works tryed to do nerve block in neck it did not work stuck needle in my neck 4 times could this have messed up my wrist
Joanne

Philadelphia, PA

#2762 Feb 18, 2012
I had the distal bicep repair at the elbow, in Nov.2011, had a half a plaster splint on for 10 days, was in a brace for 2 months, went to therapy, I went back to the doctor complaining about my shoulder he checked it out, possible the rotor cuff, and therapy could have damaged it more. He gave me a shot of cortisone. Has anyone had to wear a brace, and then have trouble with their shoulder?
Gerry

Halifax, Canada

#2763 Feb 22, 2012
Pierre wrote:
Thanks for the post... I am 5 weeks after a single incision operation and feeling and looking great. Was 8 weeks too soon for strength training? And how long till you were back at the Gym on a regular training schedule? And...my big concern now...how did you get over the psychological fear of re-injuring..or does it feel that strong after a while? Thanks again!
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Hi surgery in early Nov single incision button arm thumb and index finger still numb sucks
Deb

Walton, Canada

#2764 Mar 13, 2012
Hey Mike from NYC.....are you still around?:) I am a 50yr old female athlete and personal trainer who partially tore her distal bicep tendon almost three years ago and was told by my Sports Doc not to surgically repair. I have done the rehab protocol but have never been pain free and have recovered only 70% of my former strength. How did you make out in the long run? I'm thinking about surgery even this late into the injury because nothing I do with my dominant arm is without pain. Thanks, Deb
Mike wrote:
Hey all -- this is Mike from NYC: partial tear, ortho who wanted to operate at first (thinking it was a full tear), then decided to wait after he confirmed it was a partial, longitudinal tear; sports medicine doctor agreed, and said he thought I could have full use of the arm and biceps (I had no retraction of the biceps muscle at all).
It's now been little over six weeks from the day of the pop and partial tear. I have been to a third doctor, a hand and elbow surgeon. He, like the ortho, has done many of these operations. He did some strength testing, and immediately determined I had a lot of strength, that it was definitely a partial tear, per the MRI, and that I would get pretty much full use again.
He has had quite a few patients with partial tears, in addition to quite a few with full tears (on whom he's performed the surgery). He said that of all of the guys who came in with partial tears, he's not had one ever come back with a full tear. Said they realize they've got to be a bit more careful, but that they also get pretty much full use back.(It's mostly guys in 40s, muscular, who work out a lot).
I'm now doing a little bit of upper body in the gym: Have done only legs and abs in the weeks since the injury but in the past week I've been doing triceps (back to the full weight I was using) and a few shoulder exercizes. There's been no problem and no pain.
In terms of biceps, I couldn't even pick up a milk carton at the beginning; wow I can curl 10 pounds, after last week curling 5. So I think in a few weeks I'll be back up the normal weight; it will just take some time and I probably won't be able to really push too much.
Anyway, just wanted to give an update and also tell those who have a partial tear and no muscle retraction that you can wait and see before rushing into surgery. As it is, who knows, I may decide I just am not getting enough strength back and opt for surgery in the end, though I doubt it. And I could of course tear it fully eventually, in which case I'd need surgery. But it doesn't seem as likely as I thought, at least according the the last surgeon, and for now all seems good.
Adam

Helensvale, Australia

#2765 Jun 21, 2012
Hi. It looks like I need surgery on my distal bicep tendon , just awaiting a second opinion.
Can anyone tell me if the appearance of the bicep is different post surgery?
chris

Las Cruces, NM

#2766 Jul 8, 2012
i had left bicep surgery and cannot move my fingers apart i was wondering the outcome of the results from some of these post i did not see any feedback of peoples results if and how long it took to recover
Scott

Compton, CA

#2767 Jul 10, 2012
I'm 47 and have been beating my body up since I was 9, have had to ruptured discs in my low back and they've wanted to replace my right "dominate" shoulder for 15 years now. It's shot, bone to bone covered with arthritis. Ruptured my left distel bicep 3 weeks ago and had the titanium button surgery done a week and a half ago. 3 days later...brace off, stitches out and some steri-strips put on. Couple days later palm up and down "almost" pain free, okay not really but fairly happy considering it has only been 7 days post op now dealing with nerve pain on the top of my entire forearm. Feels numb but sensitive...feels like its burnt. Really hope this is temporary!! Anyone else having similar issues? Surprised to hear all the people that have had this surgery and was kept in a cast or splint so long, seems kinda old school for orthopaedic surgery.
Scott

Compton, CA

#2768 Jul 10, 2012
Sorry for the time line, guess it has been 9 days post op..not 7 :0)
chris

Las Cruces, NM

#2769 Jul 13, 2012
mike im currently going through the same issues u went through i was wondering how long did it take you to heal and regain full motor functions in your hand i also cannot open my fingers i can grip and close my fingers but cannot open them due to a left distal bicep tear surgery that was performed

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