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Tenex is a nonsurgical procedure used to treat chronic tendonitis, relieving pain caused by damaged tissue on the tendons in the shoulders, elbows, knees or ankles. Tendonitis is caused when tendons are damaged by repetitive motion or overuse, which leads to conditions such as tennis elbow and runner’s knee.
The elite surgeons at Kayal Pain & Spine Center are experts at Tenex, an award-winning, innovative and minimally invasive treatment option that uses a specialized device to remove damaged tendon tissue. About the size of a needle, Tenex replaces the role of a scalpel, offering an effective yet gentle alternative to surgery.
The Tenex device is inserted through a tiny incision and is guided to the treatment area using an ultrasound. Once the Tenex device makes contact with the damaged tendons and scar tissue, high-frequency ultrasonic energy is released to break up the damaged tissue, which is simultaneously removed from the body.
Tenex was first approved by the FDA in 2013 and has since become a preferred treatment option at Kayal Pain & Spine Center, a world-class orthopaedic center.
What to expect before, during and after Tenex
The Tenex procedure is quick and pain-free, bringing immediate relief within minutes. No advanced preparation is required for Tenex, although some aftercare will help facilitate proper healing.
Immediately after the procedure, you’ll be asked to wait around the Kayal Pain & Spine Center for a few moments, as a simple preventive measure. Once we’re confident the procedure went well, you’ll be free to leave and can drive home.
Over-the-counter medication is all you will need for pain or discomfort after the procedure, although many patients feel immediate relief and don’t require any medication at all. During the first couple of weeks after the procedure, it’s important not to put any weight on the treated tendon. If you received Tenex treatment on your knee, ankle or foot, you will be prescribed a walking boot for at least two weeks.
Approximately six to eight weeks after Tenex, you should be able to maintain all of your regular activities. If you have questions throughout your recovery, please don’t hesitate to follow up with Kayal Pain & Spine Center.
Discover the advantages
There are numerous benefits to the Tenex procedure, especially when compared to other treatment options. Tenex is safe, simple and highly effective in permanently eliminating pain, which improves quality of life and mobility.
Tenex is respected by medical professionals for its ability to remove damaged soft tissue only, leaving healthy surrounding tissues fully intact. Tenex also prevents further degradation of the affected tendons, as all damaged tissue can be fully eliminated. This helps prevent tendonitis from occurring again in the future and can permanently cure tendonitis for many patients.
Because the Tenex device is small and minimally invasive, recovery is simple and requires minimal care. There are no stitches or sutures involved, the risk of infection and complication is extraordinarily low and one treatment is typically all it takes to eliminate pain.
Tenex is also a relatively inexpensive procedure, typically covered by health insurance. This affordability makes Tenex accessible to the vast majority of patients.