Tears of the distal biceps account for 10% of biceps injuries. The are most commonly seen in men in...
Distal Biceps Tendon Repair
Evolution of Distal Biceps Tendon Repair
Suspensory cortical buttons are also another option to secure the tendon. These devices function by placing a metallic device through a hole drilled in the radial tuberosity. The metal “button” is secured to the tendon edge by suture and passed through the hole in the radius. Once it reaches the other side of the radius, the “button” is flipped so it cannot pass back through the drill hole, effectively securing the tendon back to the bone.
Studies have shown that this specific type of fixation has the highest load to failure, meaning it can withstand the most force without the repair failing of all repair techniques.
The Arthrex Distal BicepsButton™ allows the surgeon to take advantage of the increased load to failure of cortical suspensory fixation techniques. It also has a built in tension slide technique so that the surgeon can recreate the normal tension on the biceps tendon to help the patient return back to normal function.
This system allows the surgery to repair the tendon through a single small incision and it has the option of adding an additional screw to provide a back-up fixation strategy.