CHICAGO, IL – Research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports
Medicine’s Specialty Day in Chicago, IL shows that biceps tenodesis surgery is safe and effective for
individuals who suffer a SLAP (superior labral anterior posterior) tear of the shoulder. Patients
examined had previously undergone unsuccessful arthroscopic repair for their injuries.
“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 Frank McCormick, MD, and CDR Matthew T.
Provencher, MD, MC, USN, lead authors of the study, from Rush University Medical Center in
Chicago and the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. “After performing the more traditional biceps
tenodesis surgery, (81%) of patients returned to pre-injury level of activity and were able to return to
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.
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a world leader in sports medicine
education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopaedic
sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including
athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention,
treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports
Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids. For more information on AOSSM or the
STOP Sports Injuries campaign, visit www.sportsmed.org or www.stopsportsinjuries.org