Shoulder Surgery

Bicep Surgery in Seattle, WA

Why Should I Have Bicep Surgery?

  • You can continue activities you enjoy
  • Avoid tear enlarging over time
  • It is an effective way to get rid of pain

Bicep Surgery Methods

Small partial tears can often be treated with simple debridement (shaving the rough tendon edges to create a smoother contour). Larger tears (greater than 50% of the tendon thickness) and unstable tears are treated by placing the biceps tendon in a more stable position. Most biceps tears can and should be fixed arthroscopically (minimally invasive technique).

What Happens During the Procedure?

Stabilizing the biceps tendon is technically known as a biceps tenodesis. Although multiple techniques exist, the arthroscopic method involves using small incisions (portals small enough to fit instruments the size of a pencil) to place tools into the shoulder. Once the decision is made to perform the procedure, the torn/unstable biceps is cut from it’s base and stitched to secure the tendon. Space is then created in the humeral head (the shoulder socket) and the tendon is secured into that space with a biodegradeable screw.

What Should I Expect After Bicep Surgery?

Most arthroscopic biceps tenodesis can be performed on an outpatient basis.
You will be placed in a sling for 4-6 weeks and participate in physical therapy sessions.

Certain people benefit from surgical intervention, these include:

  • People who failed non-surgical treatment
  • People who are extremely active
  • Manual laborers and/or athletes whose maximum strength and function is needed for overhead work

The type of surgery performed depends on numerous factors. However, most biceps repairs can be done arthroscopically. In many cases, it involves taking the torn/unstable tendon and replacing it in a more stable position (biceps tenodesis). Most repairs are done on an outpatient basis.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment for bicep surgery in the Seattle, WA area, contact Dr. Samuel Koo at (425) 823-4000.

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COVID-19 Update

4/21/20 Update: Effective immediately, Dr. Koo is seeing patients through telehealth visits and in-person visits at our clinic. Call today to schedule your appointment!

Dr. Samuel Koo is closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updated from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control.

To better serve you, Dr. Koo is now proud to offer virtual visits. With telehealth, you can meet with Dr. Koo from the comfort and safety of your own home. Please call our office today to learn more about this service or to schedule an appointment.

As of last Friday the governor of Washington state issued a declaration that all non-urgent or emergent surgical cases be postponed until the week of May 18th. For more information, please reach out to our office at (425) 823-4000.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control