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Biceps Tendon Rupture Surgery

Biceps tendon tears can be extremely painful and debilitating. When nonsurgical treatment options fail to provide the relief you need, patients may require surgery in order to get back into the swing of their daily routines.

At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, our experienced, high-quality orthopedic surgeons will work with you to decide whether surgery is the right option for your injury. Not only will we provide expert care during your surgery, but we will also be an active part of your recovery process. Our team will work alongside you to provide you with a personalized rehabilitation plan that includes both therapeutic, flexibility, and strength exercises to restore functionality and improve full range of motion in your shoulder.

If you’re considering biceps tendon rupture surgery, schedule your first consultation with the team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists today. If you’re in an emergency situation, visit the Immediate Care Clinic at our Schaumburg, IL location.

What Is Biceps Tendon Rupture Surgery?

Surgical treatment for a long head of the biceps tendon tear is rarely needed. However, some patients who require complete recovery of strength, such as athletes or manual laborers, may require surgery.

Surgery may also be the right option for those with partial tears whose symptoms are not relieved with nonsurgical treatment.


Several new procedures have been developed that repair the tendon with minimal incisions. The goal of the surgery is to re-anchor the torn tendon back to the bone. Your doctor will discuss with you the options that are best for your specific case.


Complications with this surgery are rare. Re-rupture of the repaired tendon is uncommon.


After surgery, your shoulder may be immobilized temporarily with a sling.

Your doctor will soon start you on therapeutic exercises. Flexibility exercises will improve range of motion in your shoulder. Exercises to strengthen your shoulder will gradually be added to your rehabilitation plan.

Be sure to follow your doctor’s treatment plan. Although it is a slow process, your commitment to physical therapy is the most important factor in returning to all the activities you enjoy.