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    Torn bicep

    Hi, has anyone had surgery on a torn bicep? I might have to have surgery and wonder realistically how long that arm will be out of commission.
    I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and
    hunger.

    #2
    Is your tear at the shoulder or the elbow?

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      #3
      At the shoulder...
      I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and
      hunger.

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        #4
        At the shoulder, the biceps muscle has a "long head" and a "short head". If the long head is torn, it's not usually repaired. It's uncommon for the short head to tear, but if surgery is needed, it's going to be a few months of activity restrictions and post-op therapy. Your Orthopedists office should be able to give you a ballpark estimate once a decision is finalized.

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          #5
          It's probably too late for surgery. It's been 2 weeks since it tore and they just did an MRI on Saturday. The golf ball sized bump seems to be getting larger. My shoulder hurts more than my bicep unless I use my arm to lift something like my leg. I can still transfer without pain, but pushing uphill is painful. The nurse just gave me the RICE treatment for it. It doesn't seem right. I won't get MRI results until Tuesday or Wednesday. I just wondered if I did get surgery what that would mean, and if not does that bump ever go away?
          I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and
          hunger.

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            #6
            If the long head of the biceps tendon has torn, part of the biceps muscle will not be anchored to bone. With no bony attachment, that portion of muscle retracts and can cause the bump you described. Google Image "Popeye Sign" to see photos. If the short head of the biceps tendon is OK, you'll still have use of the muscle. If no surgery, the bump stays.
            Update when you get your MRI results.

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              #7
              It's a detached bicep (long) and a retracted rotate cuff. Surgery is recommended. Any suggestions or advice, are appreciated.
              I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and
              hunger.

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                #8
                Got a power chair? Cuz you aint pushing squat with surgery. I tore my right arm bicep tendon 3 years ago. Got awesome popeye muscle to show for it. Didn't get surgery, and yes it is weaker than before, but I cant do for myself with one hand, so that is why I didn't want surgery. Your injury will hurt for a month or so, but it never really will be right again. Im 55, so age will determine if you want the surgery or not. Im not gonna throw hay bales around anymore, so all the more reason to jus "deal with it." Best of luck on your decision...

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                  #9
                  If I was in your situation, I'd start preparing for surgery. If you can find a power chair, that would be great. Do you have a friend with a van lift to help you to appointments? I'm lucky enough to have that - find one! Going to need it.
                  Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

                  T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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                    #10
                    Sorry to hear about the extra rotator cuff tendon issue. If you have surgery, in most cases you'll be discharged from the hospital to home the same day. Your shoulder may be immobilized in a sling for 4-6 weeks. You won't be allowed to move the arm away from your body plus, no push ups off the bed or chair. Advance plan for home care, power chair and possibly a lift-sling mechanism for transfers. Do you have a doctor at Craig Rehab? Maybe their team can give you advice on post-op needs.

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                      #11
                      I'm debating on whether to have sugary or not. I'm not sure of the risk vs benefits so I'll be researching that. Also whether or not I could get home care.
                      I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and
                      hunger.

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                        #12
                        Sorry to hear of your problem!
                        A C-7 quad friend had shoulder surgery and spent 5 weeks in a nursing home due to the restrictions on ANY activity involving that shoulder. Suggest you discuss this issue with doctor before making surgery decision.
                        Whatever your decision, it's good to plan ahead to save your shoulders by modifying activities, getting helpful equipment, etc.

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                          #13
                          No matter what your decision on the surgery, you will need to make some life changes regarding the activities that you do or don't do. Unfortunately this is not a rare problem in the world of spinal cord injury. It can come from overuse of the joint, doing activities frequently that it was not made to do at all. I would get a second opinion and also talk with a PT about the changes that you will need to make, whether permanent or temporary.
                          CKF
                          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                            #14
                            Thanks everyone. I'm having surgery the end of October. I will have home health care but not sure how many hours a day. Still have a few details to work out.
                            I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and
                            hunger.

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                              #15
                              Please let us know how you are doing.
                              Good luck!
                              CKF
                              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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