The Tenex Procedure from Tenex Health is a revolutionary minimally invasive orthopedic procedure that was developed at the Mayo Clinic for tendinosis and other chronic tendinitis conditions.
Although it is used in several parts of the body, in the foot and ankle it is a device that performs two types of surgery called a plantar fasciotomy and an Achilles tenotomy. Except the technique is minimally invasive, so there is less anesthesia needed, less pain, less scarring, and less downtime, when compared to traditional open surgery or endoscopic procedures.
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis , or "heel spur syndrome", with pain on the bottom of the heel and into the arch, you may be a candidate for the Tenex procedure. Or if you have suffered from chronic Achilles tendinitis and tendinosis (thickened scar tissue of a tendon), you may be a candidate for the Tenex procedure.
The Tenex device utilizes high frequency ultrasound energy, it is transmitted to and removes the thick diseased scar tissue through a small probe that in inserted through 1-2 very small incisions that do not even require stitches. This energy can break up the scar tissue at the area of diseased tendon or ligament and relieve symptoms of pain. It is performed under diagnostic ultrasound imaging so that precise treatment can be achieved to remove the scar tissue and leave healthy tissue unharmed. It is less invasive than a traditional open or endoscopic plantar fasciotomy release surgery, or an open Achilles tenotomy surgery.
The procedure can be performed in the office under local anesthesia or in the outpatient surgery setting under light sedation and local anesthesia. It is covered by insurance. You can walk the same day in a CAM walker boot. The post-op recovery period lasts for two weeks in the CAM boot, then you can transition into regular shoe as tolerated and begin physical therapy.
Dr. Daniel Pero is a pioneer in this technology in South Florida and performs the Tenex procedure in West Palm Beach, Florida, and has a 90-95% success rate in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Call now to schedule an appointment for a consultation.