TenJet and Percutaneous Tenotomy Recovery

When my surgeon suggested a new technique for treating what have been brutally recurring tendon issues (and cleaning out scar tissue and damage) in the process with a new technique using a device called the TenJet I was optimistic but at the same time could find almost no information from  people who had actually had the procedure.

Here is what went on for anyone curious https://emergingtrail.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/the-knife-again/

 

So what was it like?

  1. The procedure (aside from the numbing agent) is completely painless. The numbing agent part sucks -Think like a long extended bee sting. But once that is in, no more pain.
  2. You are awake and aware the entire time, they only numb locally where they work. For me it was my knee and my achilles.
  3. You leave the surgery site right after the procedure. I was offered pain meds for when the numbing wore off, but declined and went with only Tylenol, which I did not really need.
  4. I was non weight bearing using crutches and a boot for about 1 week. Then transitioned into 1 week of partial weight bearing. Then got rid of both the crutches and the boot 2 weeks out. I walked out of that appointment pain free.

My knee: A lot of calcium deposits in the Patellar Tendon. I could feel the grinding as the needle when in and out and the fluid blasted off nasty bits off the tendon. The feeling reminded me of when the dentist removes plaque from the back of my teeth, but no pain whatsoever.

I felt improvement in my knee within 2 days. Sitting at my desk, or in my car the creakiness was gone, the dull pain was gone.

3 weeks out from surgery today I have walked without pain for the first time in a while. I am in PT, but so far no running or jumping so the test on that is to come.

My Achilles: The issues with my achilles are long documented. I have had open repair surgery and removal on both. The second one not taking, leaving me with a lot of scar tissue, dead tissue, and calcium deposits.

I was in a boot for 2 straight weeks. I was not weight bearing for 1 week (which is so much better than any of the 6 week procedures I had before).

I was able to sleep without the boot, but had to put it on to use the bathroom  in the middle of the night. (So annoying)

At 2 weeks when the boot and crutches were removed and I walked out of the office I had no pain. I took it easy, had PT the very next day for an assessment. This week at week 3, I went for a walk and not one single step hurt. I had no pain when waking up, no stiffness if using the bathroom at night or after sitting. I get out of the car and walk without limping the first few steps.

I again, have not run or jumped, and won’t likely for a bit – but I have not taken a pain free step on my achilles tendon in at least 3, probably closer to 4 years.

I honestly forgot what that was like. I can’t even believe it. I am not under any illusions that this was a miracle fix. I have not really used the tendons yet and they were recently cleaned up, but this is progress which has been really hard to come by in recent years.

I literally have discussed amputating my foot – so to take pain free steps like this. What a relief.

I will update with a simple review at 1 month, 2 months, 3 months and then 6 months so if anyone out there is considering this procedure they can see my specific results to it.

So far so good. Let’s see where it goes once I start running again.

 

2 thoughts on “TenJet and Percutaneous Tenotomy Recovery

  1. Vivian Jiang

    Hey! Know that your Tenjet procedure was a while ago, but before the procedure did you experience stiffness? I’m inquiring for my glute tendon. It’s not too painful – the main thing is my limited range of movement.

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