Partial Distal Biceps Tendon Tears: Surgical Release and Primary Repair

  • Claudius D. Jarrett
  • Loukia K. Papatheodorou
  • Dean G. Sotereanos


Athletes place an elevated demand on their biceps during and in preparation of competition. The biceps contribution to flexion and supination strength increases as the forearm approaches higher degrees of rotation. Maximum biceps function is required for strength training, contact sports, as well as racket/club sports. Whether completing a tackle, swinging a club, or getting extra movement on a curve ball, a biceps deficit arm can considerably hinder performance. Improved understanding of native anatomy and advances in surgical technique allows us to successfully treat our patients and get them back in the game. This chapter will cover primary surgical repair of partial biceps ruptures in athletes.


Distal biceps anatomy Partial distal biceps injury Biceps repair Chronic biceps reconstruction Complications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudius D. Jarrett
    • 1
  • Loukia K. Papatheodorou
    • 2
  • Dean G. Sotereanos
    • 2
  1. 1.Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Wilmington Health AssociatesWilmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of Pittsburgh, Orthopaedic Specialist—UPMCPittsburghUSA

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