Dr. P.H Laubscher, Orthopaedic surgeon

Dr. P.H Laubscher, Orthopaedic surgeon in Johannesburg

Biceps tenodesis/tenotomy surgery

This is often performed in combination with an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. The long head of M.Biceps enters the glenohumeral joint at the rotator interval. Due to its proximity to the acromion it is often also comprised. A degenerative biceps tendon can cause a lot of pain and is addressed by either just cutting the tendon (tenotomy) or cutting it and fixating the distal end to the proximal humerus (tenodesis). The decision on which to perform depends on various factors and is therefore individualized.

Procedure duration:

This useally adds an additional 15 to 20minutes to the main procedure such as a rotator cuff repair or acromioplasty.

Post operative:

Immobilization useally entails 2 weeks in a sling but is also influenced by any additional procedures that had to be performed.