Image guided tendon treatment relies on ultrasound technology to identify, breakdown and remove pain-causing damaged tendon tissue. The surrounding healthy tissue is not disturbed and the treatment stimulates healing. The technology used (Tenex Health TX), is an FDA cleared device that can be used in a nonsurgical setting.
If you’ve had to give up your everyday activities along with your favorite ones, image guided tendon treatment has the ability to get you back to what you love and need to do in 6 weeks or less. With no stitches or general anesthesia, this treatment offers minimal downtime for a rapid return to normal life.
The process requires only local anesthetic to numb the area. You do not need general anesthesia (to be put to sleep) as you would in traditional open surgery. When the procedure is completed, only a small adhesive bandage is used. No sutures or stitches are generally needed.
You should not feel any pain during the treatment, only a slight pressure if anything. After the treatment during your recovery, you may feel sore in the treated area for a short period of time. Most patients use over-the-counter medication for any discomfort.
Typically, the treatment takes 20 minutes or less to complete. This includes the time to clean your skin before the treatment to placing a small adhesive bandage over the micro incision upon completion. Unlike traditional open surgery recoveries that may take up to 6 months or longer, the image guided tendon treatment recovery period is expected to be 6 weeks or less for a return to your normal activities.
The specialists at VCU Baird Institute are excited to offer this advanced technology technique to our patients. If you have already explored multiple treatments such as rest, ice and cortisone injections to treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, you may be ready for the next step in your treatment. Give us a call at (804) 828-2600 to discuss whether it’s right for you.