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At Flagstaff Bone & Joint, Dr. Kevin O’Donnell is performing an innovative, minimally invasive procedure called Tenex that is helping his patients get back to living pain-free.

Tenex is a safe and effective treatment option for chronic tendon and soft-tissue injuries. Studies show that Tenex helps relieve pain, restore mobility, and get patients back to normal activities more quickly than many traditional surgeries. Dr. O’Donnell has been doing this procedure since 2016, and he estimates that 80% of treated patients experience a complete recovery.

This groundbreaking procedure is performed at a surgical center, and most treatments take less than 20 minutes. Patients are awake throughout the procedure, and a local anesthetic is used to numb the area being treated. Tenex is performed using a needle that creates ultrasonic energy that removes damaged tissue while leaving surrounding healthy tissue unharmed. The needle can also break up and wash out painful calcifications. The procedure also stimulates localized bleeding and a healthy and controlled healing response. The combination of removing nonviable or damaged tissue and initiating a new healing response from the patient’s immune system helps restore the tendon to its healthy and uninjured state. The procedure typically takes less than five minutes and is very well tolerated. There is a small wound, which requires only Steri-Strips and a small waterproof bandage.

What Conditions Can Be Treated With Tenex?

  • Rotator cuff injuries (tendonitis and partial tears) and calcific tendonitis of the rotator cuff (shoulder)
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Trochanteric tendonitis (hip)
  • Patellar tendonitis (knee)
  • Achilles tendonitis (ankle)
  • Plantar fasciitis (foot)

Is Tenex Covered by My Insurance?

Tenex is covered by most commercial insurances.

What Is the Recovery/Downtime Following Tenex?

Total recovery time varies, but generally, it takes approximately 6 – 8 weeks. During this time, patients notice a gradual improvement in pain, function, and activity level. Your recovery will include therapeutic exercises and a gradual return to activities. Many patients can resume light exercise within a few weeks, so strict downtime is very minimal.

For more information regarding Tenex, please call Flagstaff Bone & Joint at (928) 773-2280.