RESTON, Va., April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Steven Gordon, Dr. Shaun Hafner, and Dr. Nancy Han of Reston, Manassas and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers announce the offering of a new advanced treatment that quickly and safely treats the most common source of heel pain. Based on technology developed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, TENEX Health TX™ is a minimally invasive treatment option for ligament, tendon and soft tissue injuries, such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis.
"I am extremely pleased with the results I am seeing in my heel pain patients who have been treated with TENEX Health TX," says Dr. Gordon. "They have reported experiencing a nearly painless treatment, a quick recovery, and lasting pain relief."
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 plantar fascia ligament. The instrument delivers ultrasonic energy specifically designed to cut, break down, and remove damaged tissue safely and quickly, without disturbing the surrounding healthy ligament or tendon tissue.
"In the past, there were few good minimally invasive solutions for ligament and tendon-related injuries, such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis that did not respond to traditional conservative treatments," says Dr. Hafner. "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 more quickly."
Currently, over 10 million people in the United States suffer from severe pain due to damaged ligament and 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 often not the damaged plantar fascia ligament, a major source of heel pain. While an open surgical procedure removes the damaged tissue, it 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 within 6 weeks or less.
"I am excited about being able to provide the most technologically advanced treatment option for resistant heel pain due to plantar fasciitis here in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, Virginia, that will truly benefit my patients," says Dr. Han. 'It is profoundly rewarding to see them really enjoying their lives—without pain. TENEX Health TX has made a world of difference, especially for my patients with resistant heel pain."
To learn more about the use of TENEX Health TX in procedures medically known as Percutaneous Tenotomy and Percutaneous Fasciotomy, contact Dr. Gordon, Dr. Hafner or Dr. Han at our Reston, Manassas and Leesburg office locations, or visit our website: www.FootVA.com
Dr. Steven Gordon;
Dr. Steven A. Gordon received his doctorate degree from Temple University College of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1991. In 2015, Dr. Gordon had the distinction of being named one of Northern Virginia Magazine's Top Doctors.
Dr. Shaun Hafner;
Dr. Shaun C. Hafner obtained his doctorate from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Hafner has been published on his original research on the Etiology of Recalcitrant Plantar Heel Pain and his review of Emerging Techniques in Revascularization for the Lower Extremity. In 2014 and 2015, Dr. Hafner had the distinction of being named one of Northern Virginia Magazine's Top Doctors.
Dr. Nancy Han;
Dr. Nancy Han earned her doctorate degree from New York College of Podiatric Medicine where she held academic honors and was a recipient of several scholarships. Dr. Han has published several research articles in prestigious journals such as The Journal of Foot and Ankle surgery.
SOURCE Reston, Manassas and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers