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Focused Aspiration of Soft Tissue (FAST procedure)

FAST procedure is a minimally invasive method to identify and remove pain generating scar tissue from tendons in the elbow, knee, ankle, foot and shoulder which can occur due to various musculoskeletal conditions such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, plantar fasciitis, swimmer’s shoulder and achilles tendonitis.

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia to numb the affected area. The micro tip of the TX1 tissue removal system, the size of a tooth pick, is inserted into the affected area under ultrasound guidance. The tip releases ultrasonic energy which breaks and emulsifies the scar tissue which is then aspirated. It takes about 15 minutes and the tiny opening is covered with an adhesive bandage with no sutures required.

You will be able to return to normal activities in approximately a month after the procedure. Tenex FAST procedure is the treatment of choice for tendon pain when compared to conventional treatment which involves rest, medication, and physical therapy. Recovery from conventional treatment can take a few years and restrict your activities during this time. Tenex FAST is also safer when compared to open surgery through an incision.