What Is Tenex?
Tenex is a minimally invasive procedure used to identify and remove damaged tissue from the affected tendon. The majority of patients of have tendinitis will benefit from a combination of conservative therapies, like immobilization, activity modification, PRP therapy and physical therapy. If conservative therapies failed to reduce the symptoms of tendinitis, Tenex may be an effective treatment option.
Conditions Treated With Tenex
Examples of tendon disorders that can be treated using the Tenex procedure include:
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
- Jumper’s Knee (Patellar Tendinitis)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shoulder Impingement
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
An orthopedic doctor or podiatrist will be able to determine the best type of treatment for tendinitis or tendinosis after reviewing a patient’s medical history, imaging test, and a physical exam.
How Is The Tenex Procedure Performed?
The Tenex procedure (also known as percutaneous tenotomy) involves the following steps:
- A local anesthetic is given to numb the affected area
- Ultrasound imaging identifies precisely the location of damaged scar tissue within the tendon
- A small incision is made to allow the TX1 Tissue Removal System to go in and break up the damaged scar tissue with the use of high-frequency vibrations, while not affecting the surrounding healthy tissue.
- The Tenex system gently removes the broken up scar tissue and an adhesive bandage is used to close the incision
This outpatient procedure only takes about 20 minutes.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Tenex?
Recovery time is significantly reduced from several months (with traditional surgery) to several weeks with the Tenex procedure. Most patients can begin light weight-bearing exercises within two weeks.
What are the benefits of Tenex treatment?
- Chronic pain relief
- Faster recovery time
- Small incision
- Enabling patients to return to vigorous activities
Treatment For Tendon and Joint Pain
Our team of board-certified orthopedic doctors and podiatrist help patients that are in pain or dealing with a chronic condition. For more information, schedule an appointment at Brooklyn Premier Orthopedics.