March 2015

Tenex minimally invasive fasciotomy system eases plantar fasciitis pain

Data presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology annual meeting in March in Atlanta show percutaneous ultrasonic fasciotomy using Tenex Health’s technology relieves plantar fasciitis pain.

The Lake Forest, CA-based company’s Tenex Health TX System combines ultrasound visualization with the TX MicroTip, a hollow 18-g needle tip that uses high-energy, low amplitude motions to emulsify tissue, which is then is extracted with a fluid inflow-outflow pump.

Interventional radiologists from Advanced Medical Imaging in Lincoln, NE, conducted a 100-person study of patients with chronic refractory plantar fasciopathy whose pain and other symptoms were not relieved with medications, activity modification, and arch supports.

The investigators collected Foot and Ankle Disability Index (FADI) data before and at several points after the procedure. At two weeks postprocedure, FADI scores improved 90%, and patients maintained improvements at six months. Patients also reported being highly satisfied with treatment and had no treatment-related complications.

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