Health TX Procedure

Cutting edge treatment for tendon injuries and plantar fasciitis

Tenex Health TX is a minimally invasive procedure specially designed for those who are suffering from pain associated with tendon damage. This type of pain includes tennis or golfer’s elbow, Achilles tendonitis, certain rotator cuff and patellar tendon disorders, and plantar fasciitis. The Tenex Health TX procedure uses ultrasound imaging to view and remove damaged tissue. Removing the damaged tissue allows the tendon to heal properly and relieve pain. In surgical terms, this is a percutaneous tenotomy. Dr. Swift is one of a only a few providers in the northwest (and the only provider in Central Oregon) currently performing the Tenex Health TX procedure.

Based on technology developed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, the Tenex Health TX has been used to treat over 15,000 patients safely and successfully.

The 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 damaged tissue. Once located, a small instrument, the size of a toothpick, is inserted into the damaged tendon. This is performed with continuous ultrasound guidance. 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 entire procedure usually takes approximately 30 minutes and requires only an adhesive bandage to close the micro-incision. Unlike traditional, open surgeries that may require several months of recovery, the Tenex Health TX procedure recovery period is on average a one to two month timeframe. Following the short recovery, a full return to the patient’s normal activities is expected.

For more information see www.tenexhealth.com

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