Biceps tenodesis

  • For damaged and partially torn long head of biceps tendon. The tendon is transposed from it's origin on the glenoid to the humerus, with screws or anchors.


  • Note: If a biceps tenodesis is performed as part of a rotator cuff repair, follow the Rotator Cuff Repair Protocol



  Post op

Day 1-3 Weeks

Mobility 1


Mobility 2


  • Mastersling.
  • Teach postural awareness and scapular setting
  • Regain scapula & glenohumeral stability working for shoulder joint control rather than range
  • Core stabiliity exercises (as appropriate)
  • Finger, wrist and radio ulnar movements
  • Active elbow flexion & extension in standing as tolerated. 
  • Active shoulder movement as tolerated
  • Avoid resisted elbow flexion and forced passive extension 

3-6 Weeks

  • Wean off sling
  • Assess kinetic chain control and provide exercises as required 
  • Strengthen rotator cuff muscles
  • Start elbow flexion with light resistance, as tolerated

6 Weeks +


Eccentric biceps exercises with scapula control if required




Week 6

Full Active range of shoulder & elbow motion

Week 12

Full active range of elbow and shoulder movement with dynamic scapula stability throughout range (Concentric and eccentric)


Return to functional activities

Return to work Sedentary job: as tolerated
Manual job: 6-12 weeks *
Driving 3-6 weeks
Swimming Breaststroke: 3 weeks
Freestyle: 6 weeks
Golf 6 weeks
Lifting Light lifting can begin at 3 weeks. Avoid lifting heavy items for 3 months.
Contact Sport E.g. Horse riding, rugby, football, martial arts, racquet sports and rock climbing: 6-12 weeks*