A triceps tendon rupture occurs when the tendon connecting the arm bone to the triceps tears. Patients suffering from this rare but serious condition often experience pain and an inability to straighten the elbow. While partial tears of the triceps tendon can often be treated non-surgically, patients suffering from a complete tendon rupture will likely require surgery to repair the tendon and resume normal arm function. A board certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Eric Millstein specializes in sports medicine procedures like surgery to repair a triceps tendon rupture.
You will be under anesthesia during triceps tendon rupture surgery and should not experience any pain. During the procedure, Dr. Millstein will create an incision on the backside of the elbow. Dr. Millstein will then stitch the tendon to repair the rupture and secure it to the elbow, using either anchor sutures or tunnels drilled into the bone. In order to get the tendon to heal properly, Dr. Millstein will need to take steps to immobilize the elbow.
Recovery After Surgery
After triceps tendon rupture surgery, you will need to keep the elbow immobilized for several weeks. Once you are able to move the elbow again, Dr. Millstein will likely recommend physical therapy to restore strength and range of motion. Unfortunately, recovering from this condition can take a long time. Talk to Dr. Millstein about when you can safely resume athletics and other activities after triceps tendon rupture surgery. In general, most patients experience a complete recovery after several months.
Contact Dr. Millstein
For triceps tendon ruptures, surgery is the best way to repair the tendon and help patients regain a full range of motion in the arm. Located in Beverly Hills, Dr. Millstein offers years of experience in sports medicine procedures. If you think you may be suffering from a ruptured triceps tendon, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Millstein online or by calling (310) 595-1030 today.