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Biceps Tenodesis Versus Tenotomy (BicepsTvsT)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
University of Ottawa
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Peter MacDonald, Panam Clinic Identifier:
First received: December 5, 2012
Last updated: September 26, 2016
Last verified: September 2016
The long head of biceps brachii tendon has been known to be a pain generator and a common cause of shoulder pain and dysfunction in patients with rotator cuff pathology. Both biceps tenotomy and tenodesis have been shown to produce comparable results, but there is no consensus to date due to a lack of level I evidence. The aim of this prospective, randomized, clinical trial is to compare subjective patient-reported outcomes and objective clinical results between biceps tenotomy and biceps tenodesis for treating lesions of the long head of the biceps brachii.

Condition Intervention
Rotator Cuff Tear
Long Head of Biceps Brachii Lesions
Procedure: Biceps Tenotomy
Procedure: Biceps Tenodesis

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Biceps Tenodesis Versus Tenotomy in the Treatment of Lesions of the Long Head of Biceps Brachii: a Randomized Controlled Trial

Further study details as provided by Panam Clinic:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • American Should and Elbow Society (ASES) [ Time Frame: 24 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Operative Time [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
    Total operative time in tenodesis vs. tenotomy procedures

  • Incidence of Revision [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
    How many of each group will return for some form of surgical revision.

  • Complications [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
    Surgical complications present in both tenotomy and tenodesis groups.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
    To be obtained at one year post-operatively to assess the integrity of the tenodesis procedure, and the amount of tendon retraction in the tenotomy group.

  • Strength [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
    Shoulder strength

  • Range of Motion [ Time Frame: 24 months ]

Enrollment: 112
Study Start Date: January 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Biceps tenodesis
The biceps tenodesis group will have their bicep detached and then re-inserted onto the shoulder.
Procedure: Biceps Tenodesis
The biceps tenodesis group will have their bicep detached and then re-inserted onto the shoulder.
Biceps Tenotomy
The biceps tenotomy group will have their bicep treated by detaching the tendon from the shoulder.
Procedure: Biceps Tenotomy
The biceps tenotomy group will have their bicep treated by detaching the tendon from the shoulder.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • Must benefit from arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery and inta-operative findings must confirm a lesion of the long head of biceps tendon

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any significant comorbidities including previous surgery on affected shoulder
  • Active worker's compensation claims
  • Active joint or systemic infection, significant muscle paralysis, Charcot's arthropathy
  • Significant medical comorbidity that could alter the effectiveness of the surgical intervention (e.g., Cervical radiculopathy, polymyalgia rheumatica)
  • Major medical illness (life expectancy less then one year or unacceptably high operative risk)
  • Inability to speak or read English/French
  • Psychiatric illness that precludes informed consent
  • Unwillingness to be followed for 2 years.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01747902

Canada, Manitoba
Pan Am Clinic
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3M 3E4
Sponsors and Collaborators
Panam Clinic
University of Ottawa
Principal Investigator: Peter MacDonald, MD FRCSC Pan Am Clinic
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Responsible Party: Peter MacDonald, Department Head, Orthopaedics, Panam Clinic Identifier: NCT01747902     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: B2012:113
Study First Received: December 5, 2012
Last Updated: September 26, 2016 processed this record on April 28, 2017