Welcome. I’m Dr Cindy Oberholtzer-Classen (my patients call me Dr. O). I’m the founder and owner of Podiatry Associates.
A good majority of our patients that have Achilles tendon pain will have resolution of their pain with conservative treatment. However, if you are one of the few patients that have unresponsive Achilles tendon pain or have partially torn your Achilles tendon – I have some good news for you.
The Tenex Procedure is a new, state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical procedure for unresponsive Achilles tendon pain. Achilles tendon pain is caused by buildup of scar tissue. The Tenex wand is used to remove this scar tissue. While some patients can have the procedure done under local anesthetic, I find that it is best for the majority of my patients to have the procedure done under IV sedation. I do this procedure in a surgery center or hospital and it is covered by some insurances.
The Tenex Procedure involves identification of damaged scar tissue with Ultrasound imaging. Ultrasonic energy is then used to safely breakdown and remove the damaged tissue. This procedure only requires a small incision to reach the damage tissue. Because the incision is so small and the because the procedure treats only the damaged tendon tissue, the surrounding healthy tissue is left unharmed.
The entire Tenex Procedure is minimally invasive only takes about 20 minutes to perform. I have found that recovery is rapid with many patients being back to normal activities with 6 weeks versus a 4 to 6 month recovery time with the traditional Achilles Tendon surgery.
If you’re suffering from Achilles Tendon pain and need to have it evaluated or have tried conventional healing elsewhere and still have not received adequate relief, please contact us at Podiatry Associates today to setup an appointment for a consultation.