Tendon injuries, including tendinitis, are often treatable with conservative efforts such as rest and anti-inflammatories. When these types of options don’t have a positive outcome, doctors may consider other treatments, including a procedure known as a percutaneous tenotomy. Find out more about this procedure below, including how it works and what to expect in recovery.
Technically, a percutaneous tenotomy is a surgery. However, it’s minimally invasive, is typically conducted in an outpatient setting and doesn’t require general anesthesia. That means you remain awake and can go home the same day the procedure is performed.
During a percutaneous tenotomy, the doctor breaks up tissue that’s leading to irritation, pain or range-of-motion issues at the site of the tendon. That tissue is typically removed because it’s damaged. Once the damaged tissue is removed, the healthy parts of the tendon can begin work to repair and heal.