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Distal bicep tendon repair

Surgery to reattach a torn tendon in your forearm

This procedure can be used to repair a tendon injury and help you regain strength and range of movement

About a distal bicep repair

Tendon injuries to the shoulder and upper arm are not uncommon and are rarely serious.

Your consultant may suggest surgery to repair your distal biceps — the tendon that attaches your biceps muscle to your forearm bone — if you have a rupture or serious tear that hasn't healed with non-surgical treatment, such as physiotherapy.

Need to know

  • What happens during distal bicep repair surgery? icon plus

    Surgery to repair a distal biceps tendon is usually done under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make a small cut on your upper forearm near your elbow.

    They will use specialised instruments to remove any damaged tissue on the end of the tendon before reattaching it to your forearm bone with strong anchoring stitches.

    Older or more serious tendon injuries may require a larger cut, or your surgeon may need to take a tendon graft from another area of your body. They will recommend the best approach for you. Your surgeon will then close the cut with stitches and protect the area with an elbow brace while it heals.
  • How to prepare for surgery icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. If you're having general anaesthetic, they'll tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • After surgery icon plus

    You should be able to go home the same day as your procedure. You will likely need to wear a brace on your elbow for several weeks to keep your tendon in the correct position. Full recovery can take up to a year.

    Your consultant will let you know what to expect and how to care for your arm as your tendon heals. They may recommend some simple physiotherapy exercises to help you regain your strength and range of movement.
Consultant in theatres

Our shoulder consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic surgeons who specialise in joint injuries and shoulder probelms , whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex orthopaedic surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • HCA UK at The Wilmslow Hospital

    52-54 Alderley Road

    Wilmslow

    SK9 1NY

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 01615 160 961

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

  • London-bridge-31-old-broad-street

    31 Old Broad Street

    31 Old Broad Street

    London

    EC2N 1HT

    Call 020 7496 3522

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    Chelsea Outpatient Centre

    280 Kings Road

    London SW3 5AW

    Call 020 7881 4114
    Opening times 8am - 8pm

Request an orthopaedic appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with an experienced orthopaedic or sports medicine consultant. We can also arrange imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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