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Hubert Laprus St Luke’s Hospital, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
Dworska Hospital, Kraków, Poland
Hospital in Proszowice, Poland

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Bartłomiej Juszczak University Children’s Hospital in Kraków, Poland

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Roman Brzóska St Luke’s Hospital, Bielsko-Biala, Poland

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Adrian Błasiak St Luke’s Hospital, Bielsko-Biala, Poland

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Ion-Andrei Popescu Romanian Shoulder Institute -ORTOPEDICUM, Bucharest, Romania

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Przemysław Lubiatowski Rehasport Clinic, Poznań, Poland

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  • Rotator cuff tears (RCT) and instability are the most common surgically treated shoulder pathologies.

  • The concept of augmentation using the long head of the biceps tendon (LHBT) autograft was created to improve the results of surgical treatment of these pathologies, especially in cases of chronic and massive injuries.

  • The popularity of using the LHBT for augmentation is evidenced by the significant number of publications on this topic published in the last 3 years; however, only one systematic review has been published regarding only LHBT augmentation for massive RCTs.

  • Several studies comparing partial repair with partial repair and additional LHBT augmentation for RCT showed superior clinical outcomes and lower re-tear rates when LHBT augmentation was performed.

  • There is a rising popularity of using LHBT as an autograft to perform superior capsule reconstruction (SCR) in case of irreparable rotator cuff tears.

  • In recent years, shoulder stabilization by arthroscopic Bankart repair with biceps augmentation has been promoted with very promising short-term results.

  • The evidence provided by studies appears to be sufficient to recommend the use of LHBT for augmentation whenever necessary; however, larger studies with long-term follow-up are needed.

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