Coblation Technology and Minimally Invasive options for Tendon Injuries and Plantar Fascia

With a focus on superior patient outcomes, Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists are committed to the innovation and advancement of leading minimally invasive technologies. We continue to expand our current treatment tools by adding value added services and ground-breaking technologies.

Through better products, simplified surgical alternatives and efficiencies, we are helping treat our patients more effectively and allowing them to return to their normal lives faster and reduce health-care costs. For these reasons, we incorporate the use of Coblation technology (TOPAZ MicroDebrider and ArthroCare Sports Medicine) for treatment of chronic tendon and plantar fascia pathology in the foot and ankle. This most advanced treatment modality is available to treat our patients more effectively. The innovative benefits of Coblation technology have led to its use in various surgical specialties.

The TOPAZ MicroDebrider utilizes Coblation®technology and is considered an alternative to standard invasive surgical procedures. Most radiofrequency-based surgical products (i.e. lasers and electrosurgical devices) use heat-driven processes to remove or cut tissue, which can damage the tissue structure. In contrast, Coblation-based devices operate at low temperatures, allowing it to gently dissolve abnormal tissue, minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. This allows for preservation of the normal anatomical structure of the tendon and fascia.

TOPAZ is a minimally invasive technique, requiring only a small incision for treatment purposes. The TOPAZ technique has been associated with quick return to daily activities allowing for significant improvement in patient outcomes. The procedure is typically administered in combination with local and/or light sedative anesthesia.

This advanced surgical tool is available to patients at our JACHO accredited Three Lakes SurgiCare facility.

Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatric Physician, Surgeon, Specialist at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists