Long head of the biceps tendon allis clamp evaluation technique

Stephen A. Parada, Matthew Dilisio, Lindsay R. Miller, Laurence D. Higgins

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Abstract

Disorders of the long head of the biceps brachii are a common finding in conjunction with other causes of shoulder pathology. Nonoperative means as first-line treatment are often successful; however, surgery can be indicated for refractory tendinopathy. There is debate as to the best surgical treatment of the long head of the biceps tendon (LHBT) with different types of arthroscopic and open techniques. The decision on what treatment option to perform is often made at the time of surgery after arthroscopic evaluation of the LHBT. Certain examples of tendon disease are easily visible intra-articularly; however, a large portion of the tendon is not intra-articular and not readily viewed during routine arthroscopy. This study describes a simple arthroscopic technique for evaluation of an increased portion of the LHBT using an Allis clamp. The clamp is inserted through the anterior portal, placed around the LHBT, and rotated such that the tendon is wrapped around itself, bringing the distal tendon into the joint for arthroscopic viewing. This procedure is a routine part of our assessment of the LHBT during arthroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e491-e493
JournalArthroscopy Techniques
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Tendons
Arthroscopy
Joints
Tendinopathy
Therapeutics
Pathology

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Long head of the biceps tendon allis clamp evaluation technique. / Parada, Stephen A.; Dilisio, Matthew; Miller, Lindsay R.; Higgins, Laurence D.

In: Arthroscopy Techniques, Vol. 3, No. 4, 01.08.2014, p. e491-e493.

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Parada, Stephen A. ; Dilisio, Matthew ; Miller, Lindsay R. ; Higgins, Laurence D. / Long head of the biceps tendon allis clamp evaluation technique. In: Arthroscopy Techniques. 2014 ; Vol. 3, No. 4. pp. e491-e493.
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