Author Topic: Distal Biceps Repair: Arthrex BicepButton & Tension Slide Technique  (Read 1651 times)

Offline gpenn01

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Distal Biceps Repair:  Arthrex BicepButton & Tension Slide Technique

I apologize if this is repeat information...   :P

I do seemed to be fascinated with this procedure due to it having been utilized for my surgery... and even more so, I feel addicted to this forum!!!   :o

http://www.arthrex.com/resources/animation/sjjeKPkEEeCRTQBQVoRHOw/distal-biceps-repair-using-the-bicepsbutton-and-tension-slide-technique



  • Hospital: AZ Spine & Joint Hospital
  • Repair Method: Arthrex button/tension slide/two incisions
  • Surgeon: Dr. Maxwell Thomas
  • Surgery Date: 18-OCT-2012 (07:30)
07-SEPT-2012:  Distal Bicep Tendon Rupture
08-OCT-2012:  MRI
16-OCT-2012:  1st visit - Ortho Doc
18-OCT-2012:  Surgery
   (both incisions glued and sent home in a sling)
31-OCT-2012:  1st post-op visit - Ortho Doc
   (told by doc to drop the sling)

Offline twilightzone

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Re: Distal Biceps Repair: Arthrex BicepButton & Tension Slide Technique
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2012, 02:33:37 PM »
I too along with a few other have had this surgery, but I only had 1 inscion with it, not sure why they used 2 for this procedure unless tendon was hard to find.
  • Hospital: Centenial Surgical Center
  • Repair Method: Arthrex button/tension slide/single Incision
  • Surgeon: Dr. Wetzler
  • Surgery Date: 7-16-12

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Re: Distal Biceps Repair: Arthrex BicepButton & Tension Slide Technique
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2012, 04:23:30 PM »
I too along with a few other have had this surgery, but I only had 1 inscion with it, not sure why they used 2 for this procedure unless tendon was hard to find.

As I was waking up from the surgery, my wife told me... that the doc hod told her... that he had a difficult time finding/getting the tendon due to scarring... my surgery was at 5 weeks after the injury... what was to be an ~1 hour surgery turned into ~2 hours... what was to be only 1 incision, turned into 2 incisions, in an attempt to retrieve the tendon.

My doc called me the day after the surgery to check on me... and confirmed everything my wife had told me...

By the way, twilightzone, I can't help but admire the brace you are wearing in your profile picture... we essentially had the same procedure, but, we now have different post-surgery paths that we are on.  I was sent home in a sling with no expectation of ever needing to wear a brace... unless I buy one for travel purposes.

  • Hospital: AZ Spine & Joint Hospital
  • Repair Method: Arthrex button/tension slide/two incisions
  • Surgeon: Dr. Maxwell Thomas
  • Surgery Date: 18-OCT-2012 (07:30)
07-SEPT-2012:  Distal Bicep Tendon Rupture
08-OCT-2012:  MRI
16-OCT-2012:  1st visit - Ortho Doc
18-OCT-2012:  Surgery
   (both incisions glued and sent home in a sling)
31-OCT-2012:  1st post-op visit - Ortho Doc
   (told by doc to drop the sling)

Offline zimbo

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Re: Distal Biceps Repair: Arthrex BicepButton & Tension Slide Technique
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2012, 09:56:05 AM »
I had this same procedure with one incision, cool to watch the video  ;D  I do not think I have seen this one.
  • Hospital: Mercy Walworth
  • Surgeon: Dr Lyon
  • Surgery Date: 7/6/2012

Offline busbeepbeep

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Re: Distal Biceps Repair: Arthrex BicepButton & Tension Slide Technique
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2013, 12:44:04 PM »
My repair used this Arthrex method and 2-incisions.
  • Hospital: Ochsner Baptist New Orleans
  • Repair Method: Two-incision endobutton
  • Surgery Date: 3/28/2013

Offline BayAreaBravesFan

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Re: Distal Biceps Repair: Arthrex BicepButton & Tension Slide Technique
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2014, 02:54:51 AM »
I also had the Arthrex biceps button with tension slide and two incisions. My doc said my tear was so bad it shot way up my arm, so he had to make a second incision just to retrieve the tendon. I'm 13 days PO and I've had quite a bit of pain which the doc said is consistent with the severity of my situation.
  • Hospital: Post Street Surgery Center (San Francisco)
  • Repair Method: Arthrex button w/tension slide (two incision)
  • Surgeon: Dr. Piers Barry
  • Surgery Date: 1/16/14

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hi BayAreaBravesFan,

Did the Dr tell you how much the tendon was retracted? My MRI report said mine was 3 cm.
  • Hospital: Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Repair Method: tension slide, single incision
  • Surgeon: Dr. Kyle Anderson
  • Surgery Date: 5/20/2014
  • Surgery end results: Too early to know

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Mine...was a "catostrophic rupture" (doc's words).  11+ cm retracted!  Pulled right up to my shoulder basically.

King Joe, Outa Here!