Biceps tendonitis is a condition in which the long head of the biceps (LHB) tendon has become inflamed due to repeated use or a direct injury. Our tendons degenerate as we age, slowly weakening from normal wear and tear. For people who use their biceps tendon more frequently, such as those involved in sports like tennis and swimming or who work at jobs that require repeated use of their arm in an overhead manner, this degeneration happens more rapidly. Symptoms of biceps tendonitis include pain or tenderness at the front of the shoulder, achiness that reverberates down the upper arm, and an occasional snapping sensation in the shoulder.
At Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine, Dr. Ira Guttentag, M.D., F.A.C.S., takes a minimally invasive approach to biceps tendonitis treatment, helping countless patients restore strength and stability in their arms. Dr. Guttentag is:
- Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
- The Medical Director and Head Team Physician for the Tampa Bay Lightning
- Trained to care for athletes of all ages and fitness levels
- Specialized in getting his patients back in the game quickly, thanks to his minimally invasive approach, which usually allows for a faster recovery period and less postoperative pain than traditional surgery
During Dr. Guttentag’s minimally invasive procedure for biceps tendonitis, he will reattach the LHB to the top of the humerus, making a couple of small incisions to do so. By simply removing portions of the damaged tendon with arthroscopic surgical tools and drilling a small hole into the humerus to place the LHB tendon into, the tendon is repaired and stability is restored.
If you have biceps tendonitis and want to learn more about the minimally invasive approach to treating this condition, contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today to request an appointment with Dr. Guttentag.