Elbow & Shoulder

Distal Biceps Rupture

A distal biceps rupture is the rupture of the biceps muscle tendon that is normally attached to the radius. When it is injured, it usually tears off the bone, deep in front of the elbow.

About Distal Biceps Rupture

Distal Biceps Rupture most commonly occurs when trying to lift a heavy object or when quickly straightening the elbow. 

Signs & Symptoms

When this tendon is injured, patients will often feel a pop in the front of their elbow and have immediate pain. Patients normally notice that the bicep muscle looks different. It is common to have bruising and swelling around the front of the elbow when it occurs.

It is best to treat complete distal bicep ruptures within the first 4 weeks of occurrence for a better success rate of reattachment.

Treatment Options

Risks & Concerns

The associated surgeries risks including but not limited to;

  • Infection
  • Scar
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  •  Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Need for further surgery
  • Failure to relieve symptoms
  • Worsening pain
  • Bleeding
  • Neurovascular deficit or injury
  • Risk of anaesthetic
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Re-tear

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Call 08 6332 6325 or contact us to book an appointment.
You’ll need a referral from your GP.


Mr Matthew Lawson-Smith

A fully qualified, internationally and  locally trained upper limb surgeon, specialising in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery. Mr. Lawson-Smith has a special interest in hand and wrist conditions, including trauma and Workers Compensation cases.

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