Outcomes of Biceps Tenodesis in an Active Duty Population


Pathology affecting the long head of the biceps tendon and its insertion is a frequent cause of shoulder pain in the active duty military population. The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate functional outcomes of subpectoral biceps tenodesis in an active duty population. A retrospective case series of 22 service members who underwent biceps tenodesis was performed and Shoulder Pain and Disability Indexes (SPADI) and Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) scores were obtained preoperatively and at 6 months. Additionally, a review of each subject’s physical profile was performed 6 months after surgery to determine continued physical limitations and one’s ability to deploy. There was a statistically significant improvement in SPADI and DASH scores comparing preoperative versus postoperative outcomes. Although five subjects (22%) continued to have a restriction to performing push-ups on the Army Physical Fitness Test, all were deemed deployable from a physical standpoint. The results of this review suggest that active duty personnel undergoing biceps tenodesis have significant functional improvement at 6 months. Additionally, very few have long-term physical limitations or deployment restrictions. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 24(2):105–110, 2015) Key words: biceps tendon, military, shoulder arthroscopy, SLAP tear, subpectoral, tenodesis

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CPT Jeremy M. Jacobs, MD; MAJ Keith L. Jackson, MD; Josh E. Pniewski, DPT; Michelle L. Dickston, MPT; LTC Brian E. Abell, DO; MAJ Terry L. Mueller, DO; and COL John A. Bojescul, MD