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Pectoralis Major Repair

Surgery for Pec Major Tears:

  • Your surgeon will discuss the risks, benefits, rehabilitation and recovery time with you before the surgery.
  • You should not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the procedure.
  • The surgery is often day-case surgery, but you may stay overnight one night. 
  • A doctor/physiotherapist will see you prior to discharge and you will be taught exercises to do and given further advice to guide you through your recovery.
  • Your arm will remain in a shoulder sling for at least 3 weeks. For more details on Living with a Shoulder Sling Click Here
  • The length of time that you will be off work will depend on your job but expect a minimum of 6 weeks if work involves heavy duties.
  • Physiotherapy will be organised for when you leave hospital and may well continue for some months after the surgery.
  • You will be guided through the rehabilitation programme by your physiotherapist. It is of the utmost importance that you stick strictly to this programme. Click here for the Post-operative rehabilitation protocol

In the procedure the tendon and muscle are reattached to the bone of the humerus with suture anchors (or a similar device)



The Surgery:

We published our technique and results in 2009 (click here). Below is our surgical technique.


After Surgery

A sling is worn for the first 3-6 weeks with commencement of physiotherapy rehabilitation within one week post-op. 

Below are the images at 8 weeks post-op. Note the restoration of symmetry and good cosmesis. 
  

Below are the clinical results at 6 months post-op. Patient returned to full weight training.


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