Tenex Health TX Tendonitis Procedure

The procedure known as FAST and referenced in this video as FAST has been renamed to Tenex Health TX Tendonitis Procedure. The education content regarding this new minimally invasive procedure remains unchanged. Thank you for noting the new name change.

Based on technology developed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, the Tenex Health TX procedure is a minimally invasive treatment option for tendon and soft tissue injuries, such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.

The Tenex Health TX procedure is performed using local anesthetic to numb the area; patients are awake and alert. During the procedure, ultrasound imaging is used to identify the location of the scar tissue. Once located, a small instrument-the size of a toothpick-is inserted into the damaged tendon. The instrument delivers ultrasonic energy specifically designed to cut, break up, and remove damaged tissue safely and quickly, without disturbing the surrounding healthy tendon tissue. The Tenex Health TX procedure is also able to remove bone spurs at the affected joint that contribute to the patient’s pain or reduction in activity.

Common treatment options such as rest, pain medication, cortisone injections, or physical therapy address the pain but not the damaged tissue, the source of the tendon pain. An open surgical procedure removes the damaged tissue but carries the risk of invasive procedures, including damage to the surrounding healthy tissue and a lengthy recovery time with restricted activity.

Unlike conventional treatment methods, the Tenex Health TX procedure replicates the goal of an open surgical procedure by removing the damaged tissue with minimal invasion.

The procedure usually takes 15 minutes or less and requires only an adhesive bandage to close the microincision. Unlike traditional open surgeries that may require several months of recovery, the Tenex Health TX procedure recovery period is on average a 1 to 2 month timeframe. Following the short recovery a full return to the patient’s normal activities is expected.

The Tenex Health TX procedure at a glance:

  • Performed under local anesthetic
  • Minimally invasive percutaneous incision closed with an adhesive bandage
  • Cut and remove degenerated tendon tissue and debride bone spurs
  • Quick recovery time
  • Excellent clinical results