Tenex TX1 Technique for Tendinosis / Fasciitis
This minimally invasive outpatient procedure was developed by physicians at the Mayo Clinic. The most common areas of tendon injury or pain are: tennis or golfer’s elbow involving the outside or inside of the elbow respectively, jumper’s knee involving the patellar tendon in the front of the knee, the rotator cuff of the shoulder, plantar fasciitis involving the plantar fascia in the bottom of the foot, and Achilles tendonitis involving the Achilles tendon in the back of the foot. Using ultrasound guidance, a special needle the size of a pencil tip is advanced into the tendon through a small nick in the skin. Ultrasonic energy is used to cut and remove the diseased portion of the tendon which is causing the pain without damaging the normal tendon. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis with only local anesthetic. It usually takes 15-20 mins. Typically the patient must refrain from heavy lifting or weight-bearing activities for 2 weeks. Resuming moderate activity in 2-6 weeks and normal activity in 6-8 weeks.