Tenex Health TX™
A New Minimally Invasive Treatment for Chronic Tendon Pain
If you are experiencing pain from continual use of your arm, leg, or foot, you may be suffering from chronic tendon pain. Chronic tendon pain results from repetitive motions – no matter how ordinary they seem – that cause very small tears in your tendon muscles. When you make the same motions continuously, those tears never have a chance to heal properly, which causes your injury and subsequent pain.
Tendon injuries are most often referred to as Tendinosis or Tendonitis. The pain might feel like burning, or cutting, stabbing or walking on broken glass. If you are experiencing chronic tendon pain, Tenex Health TX™ may provide you with the pain relief you need to get back to doing the things you enjoy. Tenex Health TX™removes the source of your pain – damaged tissue – and helps to simulate healing of the affected area. The medical term used by doctors for the Tenex Health TX™ procedure is Percutaneous Tenotomy or Percutaneous Fasciotomy.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Am I a candidate?
If you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis or Tennis/Golfer’s elbow and have already explored traditional treatment methods such as physical therapy and rest from your physical activities, you may be a candidate for the Tenex Health TX™ procedure. Treatment options are always best discussed with your physician, so call to schedule an appointment with Joseph P. Mulka, MD, PhD or Daniel B. Cullan II, MD to learn more.
What is the Tenex Health Tx™ Procedure?
Your physician will use ultrasound imaging to visualize and identify the specific location of the damaged tissue, targeting only the area where you are feeling discomfort. Next, the physician will numb the area with a local anesthetic, so that you may remain awake during the procedure. The physician will then use gentle ultrasonic energy to safely breakdown and remove the damaged tissue. The ultrasonic energy is applied through a micro-incision to reach the damaged tissue. Because the incision is so small and the ultrasonic energy precisely treats only the damaged tendon tissue, the surrounding healthy tissue is left unharmed. After the tissue is removed, the physician applies a small bandage to the treatment area – no stitches are required! Many people are able to drive home immediately following the procedure, which normally takes less than 30 minutes to perform.
Will I experience pain following the procedure?
During the procedure, the local anesthetic will numb the area; the injection may feel like a “bee sting”. You should not feel any pain during the procedure, only a possible slight pressure. After the procedure and during your recovery, you may feel sore in the treated area for a short length of time. To treat this pain, most patients will use over-the-counter medication for any discomfort.
What is the recovery time?
Unlike traditional surgeries where recovery time can take months, Tenex Health TX™ recovery is much faster. Most patients are able to return to normal activities within 6 weeks or less. Because the surrounding healthy tissue is not disturbed, and no stitches or general anesthesia is required, there is minimal downtime and less discomfort compared to open surgery. The speed of your recovery depends on the location of your tendinitis and your individual results may vary.
Is this procedure covered under insurance?
Most insurance carries will cover the procedure. However, because insurance plans do vary, patients are encouraged contact their carrier to receive specific information about their coverage.
Where can I learn more?
To learn more about this procedure, please visit www.tenexhealthpatient.com and schedule an appointment with our treating physicians to see if Tenex Health TX™ is an option for you.