Chronic tendon pain affects over 10 million people in the United States annually.
Finding the right treatment can be a challenge as patients don't always respond well to a conservative approach.
Tenex Health came up with a different treatment options to help relieve your pain, as well as a new innovative technique designed to eliminate the source of your pain and aid in the healing process of the damaged tendon.
A healthy tendon makes the motion easy and pain free. When tendons are damaged, movement in a joint such as the elbow can be very painful, which limits the range of motion.
Until now, the options for treating tendon pain were rest, physical
therapy, medications, or an open surgical procedure. Limited to these treatment options, it could take months or years to recover and get back to daily activities.
Now, there is a new treatment option designed to remove the source of tendon pain. The FAST™ Technique—Fasciotomy and Surgical Tenotomy—is a minimally invasive treatment designed to remove tendon scar tissue, allowing you to return to your active lifestyle.
The FAST Technique is performed using a local anesthetic to numb the area. You will be fully awake and alert the entire time.
Your doctor will use conventional ultrasound imaging to identify the location of the scar tissue. This is similar to seeing a baby in the womb with a sonogram.
Once located, a small instrument—the size of a toothpick—is inserted into the scar tissue. The instrument delivers ultrasonic energy specifically designed to break up and remove damaged tissue safely and quickly, without disturbing the surrounding healthy tendon tissue.
After the scar tissue is removed, the tiny opening is closed using only a Band-Aid® adhesive bandage—no sutures or stitches are needed.
For at least 2 weeks after FAST, you should not perform any weightbearing exercises or activities.
Your doctor will provide specific instructions based on your condition, work, and lifestyle. In most cases, you will not need physical therapy or prolonged use of medications before resuming normal activities.
Here are some highlights:
• Tenex Health was featured as the top medical device company on Forbes America's Most Promising Companies list
• Successfully treated over 3,000 people since going public in February 2012; Have treated numerous celebrities and professional athletes
• Avoid surgery and promote rapid return to activity
• Minimally Invasive Procedure designed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic
• Procedure time of 15-20 minutes, under nothing more than a local anesthetic
• 93% of patients are pain free after 6 weeks; no adverse effects
• Ultrasound guided imaging/ultrasonic energy to see and remove damaged tissue
• Recovery time of 4-6 weeks (Compared to the 7-9 months required for an open surgery)