Reply to Letter to the Editor: Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Long Head of the Biceps Tenotomy

HSS Journal Volume 11, Number 1 February, 2015

Harry G. Greditzer IV MD, MS(R)

Present Address: Hospital for Special Surgery
UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness Institute, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA

Jean Jose, DO, MS

UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness Institute, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA

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The recent publication by Aly et al. [1] further confirms our conclusion that ultrasound-guided percutaneous tenotomy of the long head of the biceps tendon is feasible. Our paper was accepted for publication in April 2014 [2], and the Aly et al. paper was accepted for publication in June 2014. Since we had no previous knowledge of their study, we could not reference it in our paper. However, they describe a similar technique and results to ours using an arthroscopic hook blade, with a deep to superficial approach in the cadavers, which successfully resulted in complete tendon transection and no evidence of iatrogenic injury. We are the first to describe this procedure successfully performed on a live subject. Both the Aly et al. and the Levy et al. [3] studies show that the use of size 11 blade scalpels, banana blades, and retractable serrated blades results in incomplete transections of the tendons, as well as iatrogenic lesions of the cartilage, supraspinatus tendon, and subscapulari ...

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