Non Surgical Treatment of Dupuytren’s Contracture
An exciting new approach which may appeal to patients seeking a non-surgical solution for the treatment of Dupyutren’s disease is now available at the Brighton Day Surgery.
Dupuytren’s contracture is a progressive hand condition that affects the palm and the fingers. The layer of tissue just under the skin can develop an abnormal build-up of collagen, a protein that’s in tissues throughout the body. In Dupyetren’s contracture, this collagen builds up over time and can thicken into a rope like cord in your palm.
As Dupuytren’s contracture progresses over time, the cord can extend from the palm into the finger and gradually pull the finger down towards the palm. Once a doctor can feel the cord, it is referred to as a palpable cord.
XIAFLEX ® is a TGA approved treatment option for adults with Dupuytren’s contracture with a palpable cord.
The Brighton Day Surgery is pleased to announce that Dr Lawrence is now offering XIAFLEX® (collagenase clostridium histolyticum) injections for Dupuytren’s disease
How does XIAFLEX ® work?
XIAFLEX ®contains a mixture of enzymes that are injected directly into a Dupuytren’s cord. These enzymes help break down the cord and allow the finger to straighten.
Your doctor will inject XIAFLEX® into a cord that is causing your finger to bend. Up to 3 injections per cord may be given at approximately 30 day intervals.
You will return to your Doctor for a follow up visit about 24 hours after your injection. If the cord is still intact, your Doctor may need to extend the finger to “break” the cord.
You will return to your Doctor about a month after the procedure to check on progress. You may need to perform finger exercises or wear a splint for a period following treatment.
Common side effects are :
- Reactions at the injection site like bleeding, pain swelling, tenderness and bruising.
- Swollen or enlarged glands near the elbow or under the arm
- Swelling in the hand or arm
Less common side effects will be explained by your Doctor at the consultation.
Contact us today at the Brighton Day Surgery to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr Julie Lawrence to discuss XIAFLEX ® treatment