Noble Hospital Surgeon Offers Advanced Treatment for Tendon Pain

WESTFIELD —Dr. Peter Pascal, an orthopedic surgeon at Noble Hospital, is now offering an 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 tendinitis of the elbow and plantar fasciitis of the foot.
“I am extremely pleased with the results I am seeing in my patients who have been treated with TENEX Health TX,” Pascal said. “They have reported experiencing a nearly painless treatment, a quick recovery, and lasting pain relief. I believe this new option will become the standard of care in treating 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.
“Before, tendon-related injuries were a common problem that did not have a good solution,” Pascal said. “By using the TENEX Health TX System, I am able to intervene earlier in my patients’ care, change the nature of the disease, and get them back to their daily activities quickly.”
Currently, more than 10 million people in the U.S. suffer from severe pain due to damaged tendon tissue, which limits their range of motion and keeps them from living an active life. Common treatment options such as rest, pain medication, cortisone injections, or physical therapy address the pain but not the source of tendon pain: damaged soft tissue. An open surgical procedure removes the damaged tissue but carries the risk of invasive procedures, including damage to the surrounding healthy tissue and 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 six weeks or less.
“I am excited about being able to provide the most technologically advanced treatment option for tendon injuries here in Western Massachusetts; it truly benefits my patients,” Pascal said. “It is profoundly rewarding to see them really enjoying their lives without pain. TENEX Health TX has made a world of difference for my patients.”
To learn more about the use of TENEX Health TX in procedures medically known as percutaneous tenotomy and percutaneous fasciotomy, contact Pascal at (413) 568-4637, or visit www.peterpascalmd.com.

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