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Medium Term Results of Arthroscopic Transfer of Long Head of Biceps Tendon: 2-5 year follow-up

IRB Number: 10127

February 04, 2011

Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery

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Principal Investigator

Stephen J. O’Brien, MD, MBA


Demetris Delos, MD
Samuel A. Taylor, MD
Ashley M. Newman, BS
Kelli Gallagher, PA
Nikolas Baret
Kevin Strang, BA
Nicole Sliva, BA


150-200 patients who fit the inclusion and exclusion criteria (see below) will be enrolled in this retrospective study with clinical follow up.  All are patients of the principle investigator, Dr. Stephen O’Brien.  A detailed discussion of the study’s goals and asked participation will be had with the patient.  After an informed is signed, the patient will be asked to fill out a series of approved questionnaires and undergo a brief physical examination.  Data will be analyzed and maintained confidential as outlined above. 

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

• Age 15-65 years
• No previous biceps surgery
• Diagnosis of biceps tendonitis or instability
• Failed conservative treatment (including anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, rest)
• Underwent arthroscopic assisted or all arthroscopic transfer of the LHBT to the conjoint tendon after failed course of conservative treatment
• Previous LHBT surgery

Contact Information

Dr. Stephen J. O’Brien, MD, MBA