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Tenex is a minimally invasive procedure specially designed for those who are suffering from pain associated with tendon damage, such as pain in the rotator cuff, tennis or golfer’s elbow, or runner’s knee. Tenex minimally invasive technology eliminates chronic tendon pain by precisely targeting and removing damaged tissue, without the need for conventional surgery. Removing the damaged tissue allows the tendon to heal properly and relieve pain. Clinical studies have shown that patient recovery times are 6-8 weeks when Tenex technology is used for treating chronic tendon pain, compared to the 7-8 months for recovery after conventional surgery.
TENEX Q & A
What is TENEX?
Tenex minimally invasive technology is an effective and innovative breakthrough for the treatment of chronic tendon pain, without the need for conventional surgery. Tenex is performed at a local surgery center and is covered by most Insurance plans. Average Patient recovery times are 6-8 weeks when Tenex technology is used for treating chronic tendon pain, compared to the 7-8 months for recovery after conventional surgery.
What conditions can TENEX treat?
Tendonitis, an inflammation, irritation, and swelling of the tendon, comes from an injury or doing the things you love or need to do—over and over again. Repetitive motions, no matter how ordinary, can cause small micro tears that occur each time you use your tendon. When the micro tears do not heal properly, tendinosis (tendon degeneration) can occur.
How does this procedure work?
Dr. Weber-Lopez uses ultrasound imaging to visualize and identify the specific location of the damaged tendon tissue. Once the source of your tendon pain is identified, the area is numbed with a local anesthetic, allowing you to stay awake the entire time. Many people say after the numbing process they felt only a slight pressure during the procedure (if they felt anything at all). Gentle ultrasonic energy designed to safely breakdown and remove the damaged tissue is then applied. The ultrasonic energy is applied with the TX MicroTip, which requires only 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.
When the procedure is completed, Dr. Weber-Lopez applies a small adhesive bandage; no stitches are required. Because you are awake during the procedure (no general anesthesia), many people are able to drive home after the procedure. Because the surrounding healthy tissue is not disturbed, and no stitches are required, typical recovery is 6-8 weeks, compared to the 7-8 months for recovery after open surgery.
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