Do you live or work in Manheim, PA? If you are looking for an orthopedic shoulder specialist, there is nobody better than Dr. Michael Bercik at Lancaster Orthopedic Group.

Shoulder Specialist Manheim, PADr. Michael Bercik is a board-certified orthopedic shoulder surgeon who has completed years of specialty training to best help his patients heal from complex shoulder conditions. He is experienced in advanced techniques to treat acute fractures and post-traumatic complications such as arthritis, malunions, nonunions, and infections, among other modern methods.

Shoulder Biceps Tenodesis: Frequently Asked Questions

What is biceps tenodesis? 

Biceps tenodesis is a type of orthopedic shoulder surgery that is performed when the tendon that connects the bicep to the shoulder is torn. This type of surgery is common in athletes and is a type of tendon repair. When this type of surgery is performed, the goal is to reduce inflammation, relieve shoulder pain, and prevent further injury. This type of surgery can be performed alone or as part of a more complex surgical procedure.

Who benefits from this procedure? 

In general, patients with severe biceps tendon pain and inflammation are candidates for this type of surgery. In many cases, nonsurgical treatment is recommended as the first line of treatment. These treatments may include rest, anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections, and physical therapy exercises. If these are not effective, surgery can provide significant relief.

What are the risks?

Although rare, complications may include infections, nerve damage, frozen shoulder, cartilage damage, bleeding, and anesthesia reactions. However, working with a shoulder specialist can minimize the likelihood of these complications.

How should patients prepare for this procedure?

Patients can prepare for this surgery by following the guidelines provided by their orthopedic surgeon. While individual recommendations will vary, patients are generally recommended to avoid eating and drinking for 8 hours before surgery, have a designated driver for the ride home, wear comfortable clothing, and inform their doctor of medications taken the weeks leading up to the procedure.

What should patients expect during tenodesis?

Patients undergoing tenodesis can expect to be put under general anesthesia during the procedure. Before the procedure begins, your orthopedic doctor will perform diagnostic testing that may include a physical evaluation, imaging tests, and specific questions about your condition and medical history. An arthroscopic exam may be taken to examine the injury before the procedure as well.

During the procedure, your doctor will cut the bicep and sew healthy tendon to the humerus bone with anchoring devices. In some cases, additional steps will be taken, though these vary on an individual basis.

How long is tenodesis surgery?

This procedure typically takes around one hour. You will be monitored following the procedure for a few hours and can be driven home after the monitoring period in most cases.

How long is tenodesis recovery?

Tenodesis recovery can take up to one year for full movement. However, many patients regain movement after 4 to 6 months. Your surgeon will go through the steps with you to ensure you know what to expect during the recovery process. Gentle physical therapy often begins within a week or two after surgery to reduce complications and progress healing.

Let’s work together!

Dr. Bercik and our experienced orthopedic team are excited to help you get started. We love watching our patients reach their goals and we are dedicated to finding the best solutions for you. Residents of Manheim, PA, can schedule their first appointment by using the “Schedule An Appointment” link in the top right of the website or calling (866) 564-1000.