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Tenex FAST Procedure FAQ


What is the Tenex FAST™ Technique?

FAST stands for fasciotomy (surgery to relieve pressure and swelling) and surgical tenotomy (removal of inflamed tendon tissue). It is a non-operative, minimally invasive, FDA-approved treatment option for patients with various musculoskeletal conditions.

This technique is used to successfully treat patients with tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, as well as tendinitis in the kneecap, rotator cuff and Achilles tendon.

Who is a good candidate for the Tenex FAST procedure?

Patients who are good candidates for the Tenex procedure are those who have sought prior treatment for their tendonitis, including steroid injections, rest, immobilization, and rehabilitation, with little to no reduction in their pain. This procedure offers the advantages of being faster than traditional surgery, causing less scarring, and resulting in less post-procedure pain and a quicker recovery.

How does the Tenex FAST procedure work?

It utilizes ultrasound waves inserted through a small incision in the skin to identify and break up calcification and chronic tendinosis (a degeneration of the tendon’s collagen in response to chronic overuse). Tenex is a quick, minimally invasive procedure. It’s an effective treatment option that doesn’t require a traditional open surgical procedure.

How many treatments are involved?

Just one! Tenex provides a permanent fix that successfully removes the soft tissue that’s causing the pain.

What are the benefits of the Tenex procedure?

  • It only takes only about 15 minutes.
  • It is performed under local anesthesia. The patient remains awake throughout the procedure.
  • The incision is just 3mm, about 1/8”.
  • No stitches are needed.
  • Recovery is fast and easy.

How long is the recovery process?

Most patients can return to work the following day. In most cases, exercise can be resumed after one to two weeks.

What is the success rate?

Patients at the Orthopedic Performance Institute have reported excellent results. They see a significant improvement immediately, with no recurrence of pain.

Where is the procedure performed?

Orthopedic Performance Institute providers perform the Tenex procedures at the Stone Oak Surgery Center outpatient treatment facility.

Is Tenex covered by my insurance?

Tenex is covered by most insurance plans. Since it is considered an outpatient procedure, some insurance plans may require a co-pay. Check with your insurance company for specific benefits.

Are you seeking relief from plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, or jumper’s knee? Contact the Orthopedic Performance Institute in San Antonio for a consultation about the Tenex FAST procedure.


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