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Orthopedic Surgery & Preventive Care

We offer general orthopedic care for every stage of life, from sports performance for elite athletes and young adults to elderly care for osteoarthritis.

Tenex Health Tendonitis

a minimally invasive treatment for joint and tendon pathology, such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.

Subchondroplasty®

A minimally invasive surgery that targets and treats subchondral defects associated with chronic Bone Marrow Lesions.

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Our practice specializes in treatment for knee and hip, shoulder, ankle and elbow injuries, as well as for arthritis and joints. Our specialty is in avoiding or postponing surgical interventions and joint replacement. From diagnosis to rehabilitation, we aim to get you healthy and keep you moving forward.

We provide surgical consultations for spine surgery, surgery for hands, shoulders, and elbows, foot and ankle surgery, joint or hip and knee replacement, and arthroscopy.

Arthritis

Sports Injuries

Overuse Injuries

Mature Athlete Injuries

Tenex Health TX Tendonitis Procedure

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 a 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 lengthy recovery times 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.

Orthopedic Surgery Articles

Take The Pain Out Of The Game

Recently, the world’s best tennis players took over Daniel Island at the Family Circle Cup. In the crowd, many recreational players watched in awe looking for tips to improve their game. For some, playing without pain would be a start because of the well-known injury...

My Elbow Hurts!

Two of the most common injuries around the elbow that sports medicine physicians evaluate and treat are related to overuse and stress to the muscle and tendons that are involved in gripping type activities. Lateral epicondylitis, known as “tennis elbow”, results from...

Subchondroplasty®

Subchondroplasty is a minimally-invasive surgery that targets and treats subchondral defects associated with chronic Bone Marrow Lesions (BML), an often-painful defect of the spongy cancellous bone that underlies and supports the cartilage of your joint. The procedure is usually performed along with arthroscopy (image-guided) of the affected joint, allowing your surgeon to see and treat lesions inside the joint that may also be causing pain. Subchondroplasty is a mini-open procedure that provides patients a treatment option between conservative therapies and surgical intervention, such as joint replacement.

How do I get started?

Call Charleston Sports Medicine for a consultation to see if you are a candidate for the Subchondroplasty procedure for joint pain relief. Dr. McConnell will do a complete assessment of possible risks before deciding if this procedure is a good fit for you. Conservative care options such as bone grafting may need to be explored as an alternative prior to recommending surgery.

Will The SCP® Procedure keep me from having total joint surgery?

Many patients delay or avoid progressing to more-invasive procedures such as total joint replacement. However, the results of any surgical procedure vary from patient to patient. Should it become necessary, total joint replacement is still an option for you after SCP®.

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