Research shows that biceps tenodesis surgery is safe and effective for individuals who had previously undergone unsuccessful arthroscopic SLAP (superior labral anterior posterior) tear repairs of the shoulder. The research was presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day in Chicago, IL.
"Our research focused on a sample of 42 active-duty men and women who were unable to return to duty after primary arthroscopic SLAP repair," said CDR Matthew T. Provencher, MD, MC, USN, and LCDR Frank McCormick, MD, lead authors of the study, from the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. "After performing the more traditional biceps tenodesis surgery, (81%) of patients returned to pre-injury level of activity and were able to return to unrestricted active duty."
None of the patients in the study reported a failure after their secondary, revision surgery and all reported significant improvement in their shoulder range of motion, from a mean of 142 degrees of abduction to 165 degrees at final follow-up. The patients had initially demonstrated an inability to lift, perform push-ups and do overhead activities after their failed primary surgeries.
"While our research focused on military personnel, we believe acknowledging their return to full activity serves as a suitable comparison to a traditional, active population," noted Provencher. "This provides important information about handling a failed SLAP repair and provides an example of new treatment courses for others in the future."
Biceps tenodesis treatment involves relocating the biceps tendon to alleviate pain and dysfunction as well as prevent tears from forming in the shoulder tissue.