April 24th, 2007Triceps tendon tears are less common than biceps tears, and often incomplete. However, traumatic ruptures of the entire tendon do occur, and ideally require repair within 3 weeks--before retraction prevents primary repair. Operative techniques do allow for repair, but when retraction prevents bringing the triceps tendon back to the olecranon process, allograft tendon may be required to bridge the gap.
Postoperatively, immobilization in extension is needed for 4 or so weeks, afterwhich gradual increases in elbow flexion are allowed. Full return to normal use may take 4 months to minimize any risk of rerupture.