Distal Biceps Tendon Repair
A distal biceps tendon rupture is a tear of the tendon from the forearm bone (radius). Ruptures of the distal biceps tendon are almost always caused by a sudden injury to the elbow. This can happen when lifting objects that are too heavy, resulting in the elbow being forced straight when the bicep is under tension.
Men, age 30 years or older, are most likely to tear their distal biceps tendon. Additional risk factors for distal biceps tendon tear are smoking as nicotine use can affect tendon strength and quality as well as the use of corticosteroids which has been linked to increased muscle and tendon weakness.
A common technique used to repair the ruptured tendon is performed by whip stitching the distal end of the biceps tendon and docking it into a predrilled socket with a bi-cortical button fixation and a tenodesis screw uni-cortically.