You will need rehab. This will probably start 1 to 2 weeks after your surgery and last for 2 to 3 months. It takes about 4 to 6 months before your shoulder heals. You may be able to do easier daily activities in 2 to 3 weeks, as long as you don’t use your affected arm.
How long does pain last after bicep surgery?
Your arm may be in a splint or an elbow brace for 4 to 6 weeks. You may also be in a sling for a week or so. You may feel tired and have some pain for several days. Your arm may be swollen, but the swelling should go down a little each day.
How long does bicep tendon repair surgery take?
Surgery usually takes about 1 hour. The tendon is repaired through a small incision in the front of the elbow. Sometimes, a second incision in the back of the elbow may be needed. After surgery, a splint or brace is used to protect the repair for a short time while it heals.
When can I lift weights after bicep tendon surgery?
Formal strength retraining is usually started at 2-3 months post-operative but return to sport and heavy lifting is delayed to 6 months following surgery.
How long do you wear a sling after bicep tendon surgery?
Recovery from shoulder biceps tenodesis is a long process. While most patients experience some improvement within four to six months, complete recovery can take as long as a year. Generally, you will need to wear a sling for four to six weeks after surgery.
Is distal bicep surgery worth it?
Surgeons seem to agree that the benefit of surgery is a little more supination strength, with flexion strength returning close to normal with or without surgery. An untreated rupture causes less deformity than with proximal biceps rupture. Surgery adds a scar and does not entirely prevent deformity.
How should I sleep after bicep surgery?
If you can, sleep in a recliner, or reclined position up to a couple weeks after your surgery. If you don’t have a recliner, you can use pillows on the couch or in bed. You can even purchase a 45 degree wedge online or at your nearest medical supply store.
What can you not do after bicep tendon surgery?
Do not raise your arm. If you had open surgery, do not shower until your doctor says it is okay. Most people who work at desk jobs can return to work in 1 to 2 weeks. If you lift, push, or pull at work, you may be able to return in 3 to 4 months.
Can I drive after bicep surgery?
As long as you wear your sling as instructed by your doctor and are no longer taking narcotics, you may drive if you are comfortable doing so. Driving with automatic transmission (as compared to manual transmission) is recommended. Most people do not drive after the surgery for at least 10 days.
How do I strengthen my biceps after surgery?
- Elbow range of motion as prescribed.
- Hand/wrist range of motion and edema control.
- Scapular retraction/protraction/elevation/depression.
- Gravity‐assisted flexion and extension (begin at week 2)
- Cardiovascular fitness (treadmill walking, elliptical without arm use, bike)
How long does swelling last after bicep tendon surgery?
Your arm may be swollen, but the swelling should go down a little each day. You will need rehabilitation (rehab). This will start after the splint or brace is removed. Rehab usually lasts for 2 months.
Can you exercise with a torn bicep?
While the injury is healing, however, you can perform exercises to keep your should and bicep flexible and your muscles strong. This exercise helps you maintain your vertical range of motion while your tendon heals.