Double Tension Slide Technique as a Novel Repair for Distal Biceps Tendon Tear: A Biomechanical Evaluation. Academic Article uri icon


  • Background A comparative biomechanical analysis of two distal biceps tendon repair techniques was performed: a single suture tension slide technique (TST) and two suture double tension slide (DTS) technique. Methodology Ten matched pairs of fresh frozen human cadaveric elbows (20 elbows) were randomly separated into two cohorts for distal biceps tendon repair. One cohort underwent the TST, and the other underwent the DTS technique. The tendon was preconditioned with cyclic loading from 0 to 90 at 0.5 Hz for 3,600 cycles with a 50 N load. The specimens were then loaded to failure at a rate of 1 mm/s. The difference in the load to failure between the groups was analyzed using the Student's t test. The mode of failure was compared between groups using the chi-square test. All p-values were reported with significance set at p < 0.05. Results Overall, 77.8% of the included matched pairs demonstrated greater load to failure in the DTS group. The mean load to failure in the DTS group was 383.3 149.3 N compared to 275.8 98.1 N in the TST group (p = 0.13). The DTS specimens failed at the tendon (5/9), suture (3/9), and bone (1/9). The TST specimens failed at the tendon (4/9) and suture (5/9) only. There was no significant difference in failure type between groups (p = 0.76). Conclusions DTSdemonstrates a similar to greater load to failure compared to TST with a trend towards statistical significance. The redundancy provided by the second suture has an inherent advantage without compromising the biomechanical testing.

published proceedings

  • Cureus

author list (cited authors)

  • Sochacki, K. R., Jack, R. A., Lawson, Z. T., Dong, D., Robbins, A. B., Moreno, M. R., & McCulloch, P.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Sochacki, Kyle R||Jack, Robert A||Lawson, Zachary T||Dong, David||Robbins, Andrew B||Moreno, Michael R||McCulloch, Patrick

publication date

  • January 2021


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