If you’re struggling with chronic tendon pain that isn’t responding to medications and other therapies, your physician may recommend a minimally invasive procedure known as TenJet.
TenJet is replacing the need for more invasive surgeries by using a pressurized, high-velocity stream of saline solution to cut through and remove diseased tendon tissue that causes pain and reduces function.
Dr. Michael Del Busto, a rehabilitation and sports medicine physician at Forté, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about TenJet, including how to know if it’s right for you.
Who’s a good candidate for TenJet?
You may be a good candidate for TenJet if you have tried medications and therapies and aren’t getting adequate relief from tendon pain. TenJet can successfully treat chronic tendon pain in several areas of the body, including:
• Hand, wrist and elbow (Golfer's or Tennis elbow)
• Shoulder (Rotator cuff or Calcific tendinopathy)
• Hip (Gluteal tendinopathy)
• Knee (Patellar tendinopathy (jumper's knee))
• Lower extremity (Hamstring or Quadriceps tendinopathy)
• Ankle (Achilles tendinopathy)
• Foot (Plantar fasciitis)
What are the benefits?
The main benefit of TenJet is that it restores the structure of the tendon to address the thickness.
“We’re able to use this device and insert it in the tendon to thin it out and remove the diseased tissue, thereby providing pain relief and improved function,” says Del Busto.
What can I expect from the procedure?
TenJet is performed in an outpatient setting. The procedure takes about 15 minutes and is done under local anesthetic. It is covered by most major insurances.
What is the recovery process?
A TenJet incision is so small that stitches typically aren’t required. After the procedure, it’s recommended that patients undergo a short course of rehab and observe a brief weight-bearing restriction. “We typically start physical therapy between two and three weeks,” says Del Busto. “Patients often go back to work around that time with modest modifications. By 6 weeks post-procedure, they’re usually back to managing their full responsibilities.”
How do I take the next step?
The team at Forté is specially trained to offer TenJet. If you suffer from tendon pain that isn’t responding to medications or therapy, let us see if we can help. Request an appointment online or call us at 317.817.1200 today.
Our Forté Fast Orthopedic urgent care clinic in our Greenwood location will be closed on Thursday, February 29th.