I tore my distal bicep tendon while deadlifting. I have done a lot of internet research with almost all advising surgery. I have seen two orthopedic surgeons who are advising against surgery and to keep the “popeye” arm. They are saying I will “only” lose about 30% pronation strength and will loose minor range of motion. They both say the surgery is mostly cosmetic especially since it is my non-dominant side. Another consideration is non surgery is month recovery vs. 4 month recovery for surgery.
When it first happened I was under the impression surgery for sure but now I am I 50/50 on whether to have the surgery or not. I don’t mind looking a little goofy but I am concerned about the range of motion and loss of strength.
Most of the forums I read talk about having the surgery but none focus on not having the surgery. Has anyone opted out of the surgery and now have regrets or had success? Any input would be appreciated.
I am 37 years old, very active and work in law enforcement.