I’ve tried physical therapy and medication for my tendon pain, but I’m afraid to try surgery. Can the FAST Technique help me?
The goal of the FAST Technique is to remove the source of pain, just like open surgery, in a minimally invasive manner. Because FAST is minimally invasive, it requires only local anesthetic to numb the area. You do not need general anesthesia as you would in traditional open surgery. At the end of the treatment, your doctor will close the tiny incision with a Band-Aid®. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for the FAST Technique.
Does the FAST Technique hurt?
A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area. You will not feel anything during the treatment except for slight pressure. After FAST and during your recovery, you may feel sore in the treated area for a short period of time.
How long does the FAST Technique take?
Typically, FAST takes less than 15 minutes to complete. This includes the time to clean your skin before the treatment to placing a Band-Aid® over the tiny incision upon completion. Talk to your doctor about his or her protocols.
How long does it take to recover?
Unlike traditional open surgeries that may several months, the FAST Technique recovery period is expected to be 6 weeks for return to your normal activities. Your doctor will provide complete instructions after the treatment.
Will I have to take medications after receiving the FAST Technique?
If you feel any discomfort after the treatment you can take an over-the-counter pain medication. After FAST you doctor will provide specific instructions based on your condition, work, and lifestyle.