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How long does it take after repairing a torn biceps tendon before someone can be back to normal?


When patients undergo surgery to repair a torn tendon or a biceps tendon avulsion, how long it takes before they can resume their usual activities depends on many factors.

1) When did the injury occur? Studies have shown that biceps tendon avulsions that are not repaired within 3 to 4 weeks of the injury can become more difficult to repair and the success rate is not as high.

2) How successful was the surgery? While biceps tendon avulsion surgery generally shows good results, every patient is different and may have to adjust the return to usual activities according to the recovery process.

3) What activities are considered usual? Someone who is doing heavy lifting regularly, for sports or for work, may have to wait longer before being able to resume their level of usual activities. Jon Henry, MD, et al. Biomechanical Analysis of Distal Biceps Tendon Repair Methods. In The American Journal of Sports Medicine. November 2007. Vol. 35. No. 11. Pp. 1949-1954

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