Revolutionizing Tendonopathy Treatment With Sterile Saline
Targeted treatment of diseased tendon with a percutaneous, minimally invasive approach
Billerica, Massachusetts – With the introduction of HydroCision Inc.’s TENJET Percutaneous Hydrotenotomy System, surgeons finally have a solution in a practical, minimally invasive tool that will allow them greater control in removing the kind of tissue that contributes to patient pain in the shoulder, elbow, knee, Achilles tendon and plantar fascia.
By the time a person reaches the age of 40, the chances that they will experience some form of debilitating tendon pain hovers around the 80% threshold.
The TENJET System utilizes a two-channel needle that is specifically engineered to deliver a controlled supersonic stream of saline that removes the diseased tissue without harming the healthy tissue.
For Dr. Pradeep Albert of Medical Arts Radiology in New York, the TENJET System has improved not only his surgical ability, but also the outcomes for his patients. “The name of the game in Tenotomy and Fasciotomy procedures is control. Using the traditional technology I was limited by the space I had to work within and there was always a risk of damaging the healthy tissue. With the TENJET System’s method of essentially “tuning” the force of the saline that comes out of the needle, I’m able more effectively remove the unhealthy tissue while maintaining the integrity of the healthy tissue.”
For Douglas Acker one of Dr. Albert’s patients, the outcome was all that mattered. “I had this excruciating pain in my shoulder. I’m a fairly muscular guy and I workout and the pain in my shoulder was so bad that I was taking over the counter pain meds. It got to the point where I wasn’t getting any sleep. The procedure was very simple. I went into Dr. Albert’s office, they gave me a local anesthetic and it took him about 15 minutes and I walked out with a band-aid over the incision site. .”
And what did Douglas think about the outcome? “I feel as though I got my life back.”
The TENJET System utilizes its patented Venturi Suction system, housed in the hand-piece to “debride” or remove the diseased tissue. Dr. Albert says that this component speeds up the procedure and allows for additional ease of use because it doesn’t require him to stop and restart during the procedure. “I have continual visualization of any changes to the tendon pathology as the procedure is conducted and that makes me a more effective treating physician and greatly improves the outcomes for the patient.”
Pradeep Albert, MD, obtained his bachelor of science, graduating magna cum laude, before attending SUNY at Syracuse Health Science Center, earning his doctor of medicine degree in 1997. Dr. Albert completed his internship in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX and his residency in radiology at St. Vincent’s Hospital, New York, NY. He completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology at the University of California at San Diego in 2003. In 2002, Dr. Albert was the recipient of the RSNA National Research Award. Dr. Albert is board certified by the American Board of Radiology. He maintains memberships in numerous professional societies, including the American Medical Association, the American College of Radiology, and the Medical Society State of New York.
HydroCision Inc. is a privately held medical device company focused on the commercialization of its proprietary fluid-jet technology, which enables physicians in a wide range of orthopedic applications to utilize a hair-thin, supersonic stream of sterile saline to excise tissue of various densities from a surgical site in a minimally invasive manner.
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