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Revolutionary New Treatment Provides Needed Relief for Tendon Injuries

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Published: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 6:00 a.m. CST

Tennis elbow hurts.  And, you can suffer from the condition even if you have never stepped out onto a court – grass, clay or concrete.

As a matter of fact, most cases of Elbow Tendinopathy hit people who don’t even play racquet sports, according to the Mayo Clinic.  People with jobs that require the repetitive motions that can lead to the painful condition include plumbers, painters, carpenters and butchers.

The pain usually spreads from the outside of your elbow into your forearm and wrist, making it difficult to shake hands, turn a doorknob or hold a coffee cup. The first course of treatment for Tennis Elbow and other tendon injuries typically includes over-the-counter pain medications and rest.  If this doesn’t work, though, you might need surgery.

The problem: Traditional surgery has had mixed results – and requires a long recovery time.

The good news: Patients suffering from common, debilitating tendon injuries such as Elbow Tendinopathy (Tennis Elbow, Golfers’ Elbow) and Plantar Fasciitis (Achilles’ Heel) can now experience quick and long-lasting pain relief with a new, advanced procedure.

And, the even better news: This revolutionary new treatment is available locally.  Elmhurst Outpatient Surgery Center is one of only a handful of trailblazing facilities in Illinois that now offer TENEX Health TX,™ a minimally invasive treatment option for tendon and soft tissue injuries that was developed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic.

Unlike conventional treatment methods, TENEX Health TX replicates the goal of an open surgical procedure by removing the damaged tissue, but in a minimally invasive manner. The procedure usually takes 20 minutes or less, requires only a small adhesive bandage to close the micro-incision, and offers quick recovery time for patients, usually within six weeks or less.

The minimally invasive procedure is performed using a local anesthetic to numb the area. During the treatment, sophisticated ultrasound imaging is used to identify the location of the damaged soft tissue. Once located, a small MicroTip™ is inserted into the damaged tendon. The instrument delivers ultrasonic energy specifically designed to cut, break down, and remove damaged tissue safely and quickly, without disturbing the surrounding healthy tendon tissue.

“By using the TENEX Health TX System, I am able to intervene earlier in my patients’ care, change the nature of the disease, and get them back to their daily activities quickly,” says Lee Simeone, DPM, a podiatrist who is using the technology to treat Achilles’ Heel.  “I am extremely pleased with the results I am seeing in my patients who have been treated with TENEX Health TX.  They have reported experiencing a nearly painless treatment, a quick recovery, and lasting pain relief.  I believe this new option will become the standard of care in treating damaged tendon tissue, the source of tendon pain.”

To learn more about the use of TENEX Health TX to treat tendon injuries and pain, visit the EOSC website at www.eosc.org/Tenex.html.

About Elmhurst Outpatient Surgery Center

Elmhurst Outpatient Surgery Center is a multi-specialty center performing more than 8,000 procedures annually in Elmhurst. Elmhurst Outpatient Surgery Center has been serving the communities within DuPage, Cook, Will, Kane and other surrounding counties since 1999. For more information, visit www.eosc.org.

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