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Holy Cross Orthopedic Institute and Fernando Manalac, MD, Offer Patients a New Minimally Invasive Treatment Option for Tendon-Related Injuries Using Tenex Health TX™

Tenex Health TX used in treatment of tendon pain

Fort Lauderdale, FL (May 1, 2015) Dr. Fernando Manalac, of the Holy Cross Orthopedic Institute is now offering a new advanced treatment that quickly and safely removes the source of tendon pain. Based on technology developed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, TENEX Health TX™ is a minimally invasive treatment option for tendon and soft tissue injuries, such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.

“I am extremely satisfied with the results I am seeing in patients who have been treated with TENEX Health TX,” says Dr. Manalac, who specializes in non-surgical sports medicine. “They have reported experiencing minimal pain during the procedure, a speedy recovery, and lasting pain relief with functional improvement.  I believe this option will become the standard of care in treating persistently damaged tendon tissue, the source of tendon pain.”

TENEX Health TX is performed using a local anesthetic to numb the area—patients are awake and alert the entire time. 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.

“Previously, persistent tendonopathy was a common problem without a good solution,” says Dr. Manalac.  “By using the TENEX Health TX System, I am able to intervene earlier in my patients’ care, change the nature of the disease, and return them to their daily activities very quickly.”

Currently, over 10 million people in the United States suffer from damaged tendon tissue, which causes significant, sometimes debilitating pain, as well as limited range of motion and strength, which keeps them from living an active life. Common treatment options such as rest, pain medication, cortisone injections, or physical therapy address can be helpful, however, in many cases does not resolve the issues. An open surgical procedure removes the damaged tissue, but carries all the risks of operative management and results in a lengthy recovery time with restricted activity.

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 6 weeks or less.

“I am excited about being able to provide the most technologically advanced treatment option for tendon injuries in South Florida that truly benefits my patients,” says Dr. Manalac. “It is extremely rewarding to see them really enjoying their lives—without pain. TENEX Health TX has and will make a tremendous difference for my patients.”

To learn more about the use of TENEX Health TX in procedures medically known as Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Tenotomy and Percutaneous Fasciotomy, contact the Holy Cross Orthopedic Institute at 954-958-4800 or visit Dr. Manalac’s profile: Fernando Manalac, MD, MMM.

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