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SLAP Lesions; a Comparison of Conservative and Operative Treatment. A Prospective, Randomized Study

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital Identifier:
First received: December 21, 2007
Last updated: May 24, 2016
Last verified: May 2016
The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether there is a difference between conservative and operative treatment of Superior Labral Lesions(SLAP)of the shoulder.

Condition Intervention
SLAP Lesions
Procedure: labral repair
Procedure: biceps tenodesis
Procedure: diagnostic arthroscopy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: SLAP Lesions; a Comparison of Conservative and Operative Treatment. A Prospective, Randomized Study

Further study details as provided by Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • WOSI score Constant score EQ-5D Rowe score Patient Satisfaction [ Time Frame: 6 and 24 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Sick leave Time back to sports at preoperative level [ Time Frame: 6 and 24 months ]

Enrollment: 118
Study Start Date: January 2008
Study Completion Date: April 2016
Primary Completion Date: April 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Labral repair with suture anchors
Procedure: labral repair
labral repair with suture anchors
Other Name: lupine anchor
Active Comparator: 2
Biceps tenodesis with suture anchor
Procedure: biceps tenodesis
biceps tenodesis with suture anchor
Other Name: suture anchor
Sham Comparator: 3
only a diagnostic arthroscopy performed
Procedure: diagnostic arthroscopy
diagnostic arthroscopy

Detailed Description:

Treatment of superior labral lesions is controversial. Some authors advocate labral repair, some advocate biceps tenodesis,and others again questions whether these lesions should be repaired at all. There are no randomized studies comparing operative treatment and conservative treatment(i.e. physical rehabilitation), and likewise no randomized studies comparing labral repair and biceps tenodesis.

In this study;all patients who have a patient history, clinical signs of a SLAP lesion,a MRI study revealing an isolated superior labral lesion and have agreed to participate in the study, will have a diagnostic arthroscopy performed.

If a SLAP lesion is diagnosed, the patients are randomized to three different groups:1) SLAP repair with suture anchors 2) Biceps tenodesis 3) Physical therapy


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical history and signs of superior labral lesion
  • MRI study revealing an isolated superior labral lesion

Exclusion Criteria:earlier shoulder procedures,

  • Other accompanying shoulderpathologies(such as cufflesions, instability, ac-joint pain, arthritis)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00586742

Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital
Oslo, Norway, 0789
Sponsors and Collaborators
Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital
Principal Investigator: cecilie p schrøder, MD Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital
Study Chair: Jens i Brox, MD, PhD University of Oslo, Rikshospitalet
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital Identifier: NCT00586742     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB00001870
Study First Received: December 21, 2007
Last Updated: May 24, 2016

Keywords provided by Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital:
SLAP lesions
labral repair
conservative treatment processed this record on May 22, 2017