Tenex Procedures Specialist

Benjamin Petty, MD -  - Sports Medicine Physician

Benjamin Petty, MD

Sports Medicine Physician located in Raleigh, NC & Durham, NC

If your tendonitis or plantar fasciitis hasn’t responded to physical therapy or medications, you can eliminate the source of your pain without surgery, thanks to Tenex Health TX® treatments. Benjamin Petty, MD, a double-board-certified physician and sports medicine specialist, treats chronic tendonitis and fasciitis using the Tenex system in the comfort of his Raleigh, North Carolina, office. When you’re ready to remove damaged tendons and fascia without the discomfort and downtime of surgery, contact Dr. Petty by phone or the online form to learn more about Tenex.

Tenex Procedures Q & A

What are Tenex procedures?

Tenex Health TX is a minimally invasive system that uses ultrasound energy to perform percutaneous tenotomy or fasciotomy. The procedure removes damaged areas in your tendons or fascia without surgery. Tenex treatment also stimulates a healing process that triggers your body to rebuild the injured areas.

Tenex is a precise, nonsurgical procedure that targets and removes only damaged parts of your tendon or fascia. All healthy tissue is left intact and unharmed. You don’t need stitches, either; after your procedure, Dr. Petty just puts a small adhesive bandage over the incision site, where the Tenex device was inserted.

What kinds of conditions benefit from Tenex?

Dr. Petty uses Tenex to treat tendonitis or fasciitis that hasn’t responded to more conservative measures, such as physical therapy or massage. Physical therapy and massage increase circulation to the injured area, but can’t actually remove damaged tissue or stimulate regrowth, as Tenex does. Dr. Petty recommends Tenex to treat:

  • Calcium deposits on tendons
  • Tendonitis in your rotator cuff or biceps
  • Tennis elbow
  • Gluteal tendonitis  
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis

If you’ve had tendon or fascia pain for at least three months, you may be a candidate for Tenex.

What happens when I get a Tenex procedure?

Dr. Petty first uses ultrasound images to locate the places where your tendon or fascia is damaged. He then numbs the treatment area with a local anesthetic so you stay comfortable during Tenex.

He needs to make only one small incision, just big enough to insert the Tenex device. He then precisely targets ultrasound energy to the damaged tissue, removing the parts that don’t function and cause your pain. The ultrasound energy also stimulates healing in the treatment area, so your body begins to rebuild around the tissue that’s been removed, making your tendon or fascia stronger and healthier.

What are the advantages of Tenex over surgery?

Both surgery and Tenex are the only procedures that completely remove diseased tissue so that your body can fully heal and regenerate. However, Tenex is a nonsurgical procedure and is minimally invasive.

Removing and repairing damaged tendons or fascia with surgery is risky, and has a recovery time of six months or more. The Tenex procedure is safe, can be done in the office with just a small incision, and has a recovery time of only 4-6 weeks.

To stop your tendonitis or fasciitis from worsening and to get relief without surgery, call Dr. Petty’s helpful staff about Tenex or book a consultation online.