Focused Aspiration of Soft Tissue
Palm Beach Orthopedic Institute is a leading orthopedic group in Palm Beach, Florida. Our medical staff consists of 15 orthopaedic doctors of various specialties, including Spinal Surgery and Total Joint Replacement. We provide a wide range of procedures aimed at helping our patients get back on their feet as soon as possible. One of the procedures performed at our Palm Beach County Orthopaedic Surgery centre is Focused Aspiration of Soft Tissue (the FAST Procedure). In this article, we will describe the procedure in detail and explain its benefits to patients that deal with tendon scar tissues.
Orthopaedics Palm Beach County – What is the FAST Procedure?
The innovative FAST procedure—Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue—is based on advanced technology developed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. FAST is a minimally invasive procedure designed to remove tendon scar tissue quickly and safely, without disturbing your surrounding healthy tendon tissue. The FAST procedure and TX1™ Tissue Removal System can be used to address the most common areas for tendon and soft tissue injuries including:
- Plantar fascia (the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects the heel bone with toes)
- Achilles tendon (the tough band of fibrous tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone)
Palm Beach County Orthopaedic Surgery – What does the FAST Procedure look like?
The FAST procedure enables doctors to provide their patients with a rapid and precise option for removing pathologic soft tissue without an open surgical procedure. It is performed under local anesthetic with patient completely awake. It involves the percutaneous insertion of TX1 MicroTip (18-gauge). Because of the tiny incision, the infection risk is reduced to minimum. As far as the duration of FAST Procedure is concerned, it takes no more than 15 minutes in total. At the end of the procedure, the microincision (3 mm) is closed with an adhesive bandage. It is a simple and risk-free procedure that has proven most effective in treating tendon scar tissue.
If you’d like to find out if you are a good candidate for the FAST Procedure, contact us today to make an appointment with one of our Palm Beach County Orthopaedic Surgeons. After a careful and throughout exam, they will determine the best possible treatment for you.