Distal bicep tendon surgery
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Since: Oct 08

Escondido, CA

#1 Oct 30, 2008
I'm a 56 year old in shape, active male. I work out 4 times a week at the gym, surf, golf and play softball. I ruptured my left distal bicep tendon on Oct. 21st. I got hit by a softball line drive on the upper palm of hand. I couldn't lift anything immediately after, but recovered about 50% strength shortly after. Went to emergengy the next day x-rays negative, went to doctor 2 days later and he said obvious ruptured distal bicep tendon and referred me to othro. They set up surgery right then, I'm having surgery Friday Oct. 31st tommorrow in San Diego Kaiser Zion. I don't have much discomfort, a little bruising, bicep moved up a couple of inches and looks deformed. I'll keep you posted on how this turns out. This site has been helpful. Thanks, Randy

United States

#2 Nov 7, 2008
had the surg (suture anchoring) last friday...i am in a full arm cast to protect the sutures and prevent movement. will have cast at least til next week when i get stitches out. no excruciating pain yet... but the cast... what a pain!
Wise guy

Lady Lake, FL

#3 Dec 2, 2008
I ruptured my bicep. At the age of 62 I was told not to have surgery and I would only lose a little strength. I can bowl and play tennis with no ill effects. I am an avid softball player. Does anyone have a problem throwing a softball with this injury? Do you lose speed and distance?
Brian J

Auburn, CA

#4 Dec 2, 2008
Wise guy -- Come on over to this site: http://tendonsurgeryinfo.com/distalbiceps/ind...
We have many people posting here each day about this injury.


#5 Dec 2, 2008
Wise Guy. Go see another surgeon.
The BEST surgeon you can find.
You can still lift your arm ...thumb up like a hammer curl...with little lose of stregnth.
BUT..palm up you will lose about 80 percent of your stregnth.

Its a totally fixable injury. have it done.
mark a

United States

#6 Jan 5, 2009
had bicep tendon surgery 2 mos ago, i have severe wrist pain in the same arm, have had it since surgery, normal or not?
Brian J

Carmichael, CA

#7 Jan 5, 2009
Mark A -- Why don't you join us over at this site: http://tendonsurgeryinfo.com/distalbiceps/ind... . It is an outgrowth of the "distal biceps surgery?" thread, and many people post there each day.


#8 Feb 20, 2009
is any one have experience with partial rupture and surgery


#9 Feb 20, 2009
i had 50% percent tear or rupture at my left biceps tendon and had surgery 2 years ego, but still there is 1 inch gap between my elbow and the edge actualy the same looking as before the surgery when injured. is any one have the similar experience or gap issue between the elbow, and share to us here ?

Watford, UK

#10 Sep 24, 2009
hi everyone, had complete distel tenden rupture, had surgery 2 weeks ago, having trouble putting my fingers out straight , is this a common problem ? and how long doese it last for.

Jim Okeechobee FL

Okeechobee, FL

#11 Sep 28, 2009
Forget it----if you don't have surgery immediately the tendon will lose it's elasticity and won't stretch far enough to reattach. Also, come out of surgery with deformed bicep and if you had a quack like I had your fingers will draw up due to the quack stretching vital nerves in that area. Took 3 months for my hand and fingers to come back to normal.

Watford, UK

#12 Sep 29, 2009
thanx jim, been to see my surgeon last week , he to is concerned about my lack of finger movement, he also said my arm would not lay flat on the operating table,still not got a arm brace, dont they use them now ?

rodd auckland nz

New Zealand

#13 Dec 25, 2009
did mine in 2005 and after surgery have only 90% use of my left arm and still get major pain and swelling, I would not wish this on anybody. I followed all of the surgeons instructions even with eight months off work but life must go on Rodd


#14 Jan 9, 2010
had distal bicep tendon surgery 8 months ago and atleast 1 inch gap between elbow and bicep , also loss of coordination and grip in that arm, its difficult and i have atrophy and mobility <twisting motion> problems . hope it gets better but im having my doubts.

Watertown, MA

#15 Jan 16, 2010
Ihave a distal bicep ruture, I did it at work and because its a work comp case the insurance company had me wait two and a half months until my surgery date!!! Im having surgery on tuesday the 14th and The classic bulge in my elbow had disappeared! does any one know how bad it is that they had me wait so long.... And they also told me because of the wait I would definetly lose a degree of permanent function any advice????

Watertown, MA

#16 Jan 16, 2010
One more thing, Would someone please tell me what i have to look forward too during my recovery?
Brian J

Davis, CA

#17 Jan 16, 2010
Filipp -- Come on over to this site, where there are many people posting daily: http://www.tendonsurgeryinfo.com/distalbiceps...

Do you mean Tuesday the 19th?

It is not good that they made you wait so long for surgery, as the tendon has probably retracted significantly. The surgery can still be done successfully, but you may need a graft. You should ask the surgeon about this possibility.

Kalispell, MT

#18 Mar 14, 2010
Filipp wrote:
One more thing, Would someone please tell me what i have to look forward too during my recovery?
I tore my right one off about 7 years ago and did the left one last week. Not fun,2 weeks of no movement (cast) then 6 weeks in a crappy brace that causes blisters and won't let your arm move very much.The plastic bag shower thing sucks, sleeping sucks. But it all beats the not having any strength in your arm if you don't have it fixed. Main thing is to find a GOOD Dr.

Oroville, CA

#19 Mar 24, 2010
Full tear to the left distal bicep. Had the the MRI and saw the first Dr. and he said he only does the intervention screw. It's about half as strong during the healing phase when compared to the endobutton and takes longer to fully recover. So found a Dr that performs the endobutoon and will see him tomorrow. Based on the research I have done so far it looks like the endobutton is the best bet for a faster recovery and a built in fudge factor if you hit it a little harder then you should while recovering. I'll keep updating as I progress through this mess.
If anyone thinks something is better than the endobutton please let me know.


Since: Apr 10

Mchenry, IL

#20 Apr 8, 2010
mark a wrote:
had bicep tendon surgery 2 mos ago, i have severe wrist pain in the same arm, have had it since surgery, normal or not?
I the exact same problem. Did you resolve your situation and if so how?

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