Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture


- One Incision - Modified Henry Approach:
     - see: Henry Approach to the Forearm;
     - some surgeons feel that this is the prefered technique noting that modern suture anchors anchors have permitted safe repair of the biceps tendon
            through one anterior incision;
     - advantages: direct approach, avoids PIN injury, and minimal ectopic bone formation;
     - disadvantages: may injury radial nerve if surgeon attempts to pass tendon thru drill holes made in the radius;
            - this is less of a problem now that stronger bone anchors are available;
     - incision:
            - begins either medial or lateral to biceps, extends transversely over the antecubital fossa, and then extends distally over the BR;
     - identify and protect the lateral antibrachial cutaneous nerve;
            - anatomic variations have been described in the musculocutaneous nerve pierces the distal biceps tendon;
     - muscle interval:
            - exposure between the brachioradialis (w/ radial / lateral retraction) and pronator teres (medial retraction);
            - limiting forceful lateral retraction of BR helps avoid injury to the PIN;
     - tendon end is identified, elevated out of wound, and debrided;
     - thru the empty space (occupied by the biceps), insert a tonsil and identify the radial tuberosity (forearm fully supinated);
     - saline lavage of the tendon tract to prevent heterotrophic ossification;
     - in the traditional approach, deep interval lateral to the biceps tendon is developed and the leash of radial recurrent vessels is ligated to increase the exposure;
     - avoid injury to the PIN and anterior interosseous nerve;
            - keep forearm supinated inorder to keep the PIN as far away as possible;
            - retractors placed around the radial tuberosity are the main cause of nerve compression;
            - limiting forceful lateral retraction of BR
     - bone anchors:
            - inserted into the ulnar aspect of the tuberosity, and reattach the tendon;
            - main mistake is to position the anchor proximal to the tuberosity (needs to be in the ulnar aspect of the tuberosity);
            - note the length of the bone anchor (avoid excessively long bone anchors which might penetrate the far cortex);
            - references:
                   - The Effect of Drilling Angle on Posterior Interosseus Nerve Safety During Open and Endoscopic Anterior Single-Incision Repair of the Distal Biceps Tendon
                   - The Effect of Drill Trajectory on Proximity to the Posterior Interosseous Nerve During Cortical Button Distal Biceps Repair
                   - The pullout force for Mitek mini and micro suture anchor systems in human mandibular condyles.  
     - postoperative care:
            - immobilize the elbow in 90 deg flexion for 2 weeks followed by progressive increases in elbow ROM using hinged brace;
            - passive pronation and supination with the elbow flexed at or greater than 90° of flexion is allowed after 2 weeks;
            - active flexion is started at 8 weeks
















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Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 12:48 pm