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Biceps Tenodesis Rehabilitation


Within one month before surgery - as indicated

  • Preoperative office visit for history and physical examination and instructions

  • Complete blood count (CBC)

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) if over the age of 50

Within several days before surgery

  • Wash the shoulder and axilla well

  • Be careful of the skin to avoid sunburn, poison ivy, etc.

The day before surgery

  • Check with Dr. Gill’s office for your time to report to the surgical unit the next day.

  • HAVE NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK AFTER MIDNIGHT. If surgery will be done in the afternoon, you can have clear liquids only up to six hours before surgery but no milk or food.

The day of surgery



  • Nothing to eat or drink

  • Bring any sling, ice machine, or imaging study that you may have received prior to surgery.

Rehabilitation after Biceps Tenodesis


You will wake up in the operating room. A sling and an ice pack will be in place. You will go to the recovery room and generally will be discharged after 1-2 hours. You can get out of bed when you wish. Apply ice to the shoulder to reduce pain and swelling. You may remove the sling whenever you wish and gently move the elbow, wrist and fingers. Follow Dr. Gill’s instructions regarding moving your shoulder after surgery.


1. Control pain and swelling

2. Protect the repair

3. Begin early shoulder motion



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