Image guided tendon treatment is a minimally invasive method to identify and remove pain generating scar tissue from tendons which can occur due to various musculoskeletal conditions such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia to numb the affected area. An instrument the size of a toothpick is inserted into the affected area under ultrasound guidance. This allows for accurate placement of the device to reach the affected tissue. The tip releases ultrasonic energy, which breaks and emulsifies the scar tissue, which is then aspirated or removed by suction. It takes about 15 minutes and the tiny opening is covered with an adhesive bandage with no sutures required.
Treating plantar fasciitis with image guided tendon treatment enables doctors to provide a rapid and precise option for removing pathologic soft tissue without an open surgical procedure.
You will be required to wear a “walking boot” for two weeks after the intervention and you should be able to return to normal activities in approximately a month. Recovery from conventional treatment can take a few years and restrict your activities during this time. Image guided tendon treatment is also safer when compared to open surgery through an incision.