Regenerative medicine aims to stimulate healing of damaged tissue so that long term resolution of certain ailments can be achieved. Our physicians feel that this is the future of healthcare, which is why they are driven to learn about new technology and methods of treatment as they are discovered. At this time, they offer Percutaneous Tenotomy (including the TENEX procedure) and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). As more treatments develop and are proven to be safe and effective, more options will be available to our patients.
What is Tenotomy?
Tenotomy is the process of using a needle to stimulate blood flow and healing to an area that is unable to heal properly. Many tendon and ligament disorders tend to linger around for years with intermittent periods of severe pain and weakness, followed by periods of relative improvement. Examples include tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis), plantar fasciitis, shoulder instability, rotator cuff tendinopathy, patellar tendinopathy, and achilles tendinopathy.
What is the TENEX procedure?
The TENEX procedure incorporates ultrasonic and suctioning functionality into the tenotomy procedure, which results in more efficient and extensive procedural capabilities. The device is particularly useful when there is extensive calcium buildup in the diseased tissue, making it difficult to break down. Since it is a more aggressive form of tenotomy, the post procedural precautions are also slightly stricter.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelets can be thought of as reservoirs of proteins that are vital to the process of tissue repair and regeneration. Normal blood contains plenty of platelets, so as long as there is adequate bloodflow to an injured area, healing can occur. Certain tissue types unfortunately have poor blood supply and do not heal well, so injuries tend to become chronic. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can be used in such injuries to promote healing and restoration of healthy functioning tissue. PRP is obtained by drawing blood from your body, concentrating the platelets and other healing factors, and extracting this concentrated solution. The solution is then injected into the unhealthy tissue to stimulate healing and restoration of normal function. Our physicians perform PRP for arthritis, sports injuries, and various tendon problems. Read More