Ultrasound Guided Percutaneous Tenotomy offers a new and innovative technique for treating tendonitis and tendon related pain. With the use of Diagnostic Ultrasound for both localization and needle placement, a percutaneous tenotomy (tendon repair through the skin) can occur. This obviates the need to perform an open procedure (there is no surgical laceration). This outpatient procedure also saves facility and anesthesia related surgical costs.
Excessive repetitive strain of the tendon is thought to be a major influence in the etiology of tendonopathy. Traditionally, tendonosis is thought to occur with overuse, causing microtrauma at a degree and frequency at which the tendon can no longer heal itself. This situation leads to mechanical breakdown of the tendon.