This handout explains follow-up care after a surgical biceps tendon repair. The biceps tendon was securely anchored down to the bone during repair. A splint has been used to protect the tendon as it heals. Please do not attempt to lift anything heavier than a pencil with your arm. Prior to surgery, you were given a local anesthetic and regional block. Because of the pain blocks, you may notice numbness and/or tingling in your fingers & hands. This is normal and should dissipate within 24 hours.
If the skin around the incision is red or if there is drainage coming out of it, please call us right away at the phone number listed at the bottom of this page. Please go to the emergency room if this occurs at night or on a weekend. We recommend that you start physical therapy within one week after surgery to begin gentle range of motion exercises. If you do not have an appointment to begin post-operative therapy, please contact our office and we will coordinate that for you.