If you’re living with Dupuytren’s contracture, you already know that it impacts your ability straighten your affected fingers. Typically surgery has been required to treat this condition, and now Rebound offers Xiaflex, a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment option.
Dupuytren’s contracture is a progressive hand condition caused by an abnormal buildup of a substance called collagen. In people with this condition, the collagen builds up and thickens into a rope-like cord in your palm. Over time, this cord can cause one or more of your fingers to bend toward the palm, making it difficult, if not impossible, to straighten them.
Although there is no cure for Duputren’s contracture, there are treatment options available, including Xiaflex. Xiaflex is a prescription medicine that is injected directly into the cord that is causing your finger to be bent. No hand surgery is required to administer Xiaflex, and the procedure can be performed in-office without general anesthesia. Rebound hand surgeon, Ben Jacobs, MD elaborates, “The injections have become more popular since 2010 when the FDA approved it’s use in the United States. Xiaflex is given as an outpatient procedure and patients return the following day for the finger to be manipulated straight under local anesthetic They then have a splint fitted to wear at night for four months. Following treatment, we have seen an improved range of motion in patients.”
It’s important to consider all of your options before selecting a starting any therapy. Xiaflex is one option, and it’s best to consult with your physician to develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your needs.