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Operative-Indications

After conservative treatment measures have failed, if the patient continues to have biceps associated symptoms, surgical management should be considered. The imaging studies previously discussed should be utilized prior to considering surgical treatment because of the significant overlap of biceps disorders and other shoulder conditions.

Biceps tendinitis is commonly associated with impingement syndrome and rotator […]

Massive Rotator Cuff Tears

These tears usually exceed 4 to 5 cm in dimension, but can be deceiving. Clearly a tear retracted in a lateral to medial direction of 5 cm presents as a very challenging repair whereas a tear extending 5 cm in an anterior to posterior direction without significant retraction is a much easier surgical problem to […]

Partial Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears: Treatment

It is important to understand that not all full thickness rotator cuff tears are alike, and that some complete tears are compatible with excellent function and minimal discomfort. Armed with biomechanical models, basic engineering principles, and kinematic studies of patients with known rotator cuff tears, Burkhart defined the “functional rotator cuff tear.”

His reasoning was […]

Complete Tears

Complete rotator cuff tears are classified as follows: 1. A small complete tear such as a puncture wound.

2. A moderate tear that still encompasses only one of the rotator cuff tendons; the tear is usually less than 2 cm (0.8 in) in size, with no retraction of the torn ends.

3. Large complete tear […]

A Patient’s Guide to Distal Biceps Rupture

Introduction

A distal biceps rupture occurs when the tendon attaching the biceps muscle to the elbow is torn from the bone. This injury occurs mainly in middle-aged men during heavy work or lifting. A distal biceps rupture is rare compared to ruptures where the top of the biceps connects at the shoulder. Distal biceps ruptures […]