Repair of the Ruptured Distal Biceps Tendon



  • Rupture of the distal biceps tendon in a patient who wishes to undergo repair after consideration of the risks and rewards.

  • Repair is more likely to result in normal strength but will keep the individual off of work that involves heavy lifting and contact sport for at least 3 months.

  • Without repair, flexion strength will return close to normal due to brachialis hypertrophy, but there is a more significant deficit in supination strength.


Suture Anchor Biceps Tendon Distal Biceps Tendon Cubital Fossa Tendon Stump 
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Further Reading

  1. Johnson TS, Johnson DC, Shindle MK, et al. One- versus two-incision technique for distal biceps tendon repair. HSS J. 2008;4(2):117–22; Epub 2008 Aug 22.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  4. Henry J, Feinblatt J, Kaeding CC, et al. Biomechanical analysis of distal biceps tendon repair methods. Am J Sports Med. 2007;35(11):1950–4.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Sotereanos DG, Pierce TD, Varitimidis SE. A simplified method for repair of distal biceps tendon ruptures. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2000;9(3):227–33.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leeds General InfirmaryLeedsUK

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