The Tenex procedure is a trademarked, non-surgical procedure that helps patients who are suffering from chronic tendon pain by nonsurgically removing damaged scar tissue on the tendons. This procedure, developed by Tenex Health, is particularly effective on the tendons of the elbow, shoulder, knee and ankle. It is often used to treat tennis and golf elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee), Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fascia.
Tendon pain is typically caused by continued trauma or over usage of joints and muscles. The Tenex procedure is known in medical terminology as focused aspiration of scar tissue, percutaneous (via needle puncture) tenotomy, and percutaneous fasciotomy (easing tension by removing scar tissue that causes pain).
Ideal candidates for the Tenex procedure are those who have sought prior treatment, including steroid injections, rest, immobilization, and rehabilitation, with little to no pain relief. The Tenex procedure offers patients a non-surgical option that is faster than traditional surgeries, creates a smaller incision resulting in less dermal scarring, and allows for a quicker and less painful recovery.
Tenex was approved for use by the FDA in 2012. There are many published studies on its safety and effectiveness with more research ongoing.