TENEX Procedure in New York
What causes tendon pain?
Tendon pain is typically caused by continued trauma or an over usage of joints and muscles that can lead to the development of scar tissue. The TENEX procedure is known in medical terminology as focused aspiration of scar tissue, percutaneous (via needle puncture) tenotomy, and percutaneous fasciotomy (easing tension by removing scar tissue that causes pain). Learn more about the TENEX procedure below, or schedule a consultation with Performance Health in NYC & Pearl River today.
What is the TENEX procedure?
Ultrasonic tenotomy, also known as the TENEX procedure, is a treatment method for chronic tendon pain. The procedure generally involves finding and removing scar tissues that are causing pain. The scar tissue is usually a result of overuse or highly active lifestyles, commonly found in athletes. The procedure is non-surgical and helps patients who are suffering from chronic tendon pain. This procedure, developed by TENEX Health, is particularly effective on the tendons of the elbow, shoulder, knee, and ankle. It is often used to treat tennis elbow, golf elbow, rotator cuff injuries, patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee), Achilles tendonitis and plantar fascia.
Who should have the TENEX procedure?
Ideal candidates for the TENEX procedure are those who have sought prior treatment, including steroid injections, rest, immobilization, and rehabilitation, with little to no pain relief. The TENEX procedure offers patients a non-surgical option that is faster than traditional surgeries, creates a smaller incision resulting in less dermal scarring, and allows for a quicker and less painful recovery.
What does the TENEX procedure involve?
Sometimes called TENEX Health TX, the procedure uses ultrasound imaging to locate the source of tendon pain and a small instrument that vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies to break up and remove damaged scar tissue. TENEX procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia, and generally take less than 30 minutes.
Before the TENEX Procedure
Before your procedure you will usually be given a local anesthetic that is used to numb the affected area. In contrast to traditional open surgery, patients stay awake during the TENEX process.
During the TENEX Procedure
Using ultrasound imaging, your doctor will identify and precisely target the damaged scar tissue within your tendon. Then, a small incision is made along the affected area, which results in an extremely precise insertion for the physician or doctor and minimal scarring for the patient. The TX1 Tissue Removal System utilizes a small instrument with a needle-like point (the TX MicroTip) that is inserted into the area and high-frequency vibrations break up the damaged scar tissue.
The instrument uses ultrasound frequency that is designed not to damage the surrounding healthy tissue. The TENEX system then gently removes the broken up scar tissue. Instead of applying stitches, the incision is closed using an adhesive bandage and the procedure is complete.
After the TENEX Procedure
After the procedure, many patients are able to drive home the same day. Patients generally experience a recovery period of four to six weeks. Patients say they feel little to no pain during the TENEX treatments.
What are the benefits of undergoing the TENEX procedure at Performance Health?
At Performance Health, you can expect the following benefits of undergoing TENEX:
- Fast pain relief
- Speedy return to normal activities
- No risks from surgery
If you believe you may benefit from the TENEX procedure, the first step is to schedule an evaluation at Performance Health. Our physicians are experts in tenotomy and can help eliminate your tendon pain and improve your athletic performance. Call one of our New York offices at 212.486.8616 or fill out the form on this page to request an appointment now.