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  • The pectoralis tendon can tear from the humerus bone with trauma or heavy lifting (typically bench press)
  • This is typically in males 20s to 50s
  • This tear creates deformity of the pectoralis and should be repaired soon after the tear occurs (1-2 weeks).


  • The pectoralis is repaired through a small incision in the front shoulder
  • 3 small anchors are inserted into the humerus bone and used to suture the pectoralis back to the bone.


  • Light General anesthesia
  • 1 hour surgery
  • Outpatient


  • Strict sling for 10 days to let the wound heal
  • Week 2-5 still in sling but starting physical therapy for range of motion
  • Strengthening starts week 12
  • Full recovery 4-5 months

RISKS (rare)

  • Nerve injury
  • Asymmetry of pectoralis
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Re-tear

Torn Pec Before

Torn Achilles Before

After Repair

After Repair

  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • The Association of Clinical Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons (ACESS)
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)