Xiaflex is a nonsurgical treatment option for individuals with Dupuytren’s contracture, a hand condition in which the tissue in the palm of the hand thickens into a cord. Dupuytren’s contracture develops gradually over time and can pull one or more fingers (typically the ring finger and/or pinky finger) into a bent position that cannot be straightened, which can cause difficulty with daily tasks. Because this condition most commonly affects men of Northern European descent, it is also known as “Viking disease.”
Treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture involves loosening the cords of collagen in the hand to regain finger mobility. This may be accomplished through surgery, needle aponeurotomy, or Xiaflex, which is a drug that has been FDA-approved to treat Dupuytren’s contracture. Xiaflex is a treatment option that:
- Contains collagenase, an enzyme that helps break down the collagen cords that cause Dupuytren’s contracture
- Is less invasive than traditional surgical options since it is administered as an injection at the location of the cord or knot
- Involves wearing a splint following the injection to help straighten the affected fingers
- May require a repeat Xiaflex injection after four weeks, if symptoms have not improved
Dr. Richard Gray, of Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine, is one of the very few doctors who offers Xiaflex as a treatment option for Dupuytren’s contracture. As an orthopaedic surgeon who has been practicing for more than 20 years, Dr. Gray has more experience providing Xiaflex and has been offering it longer than any other orthopaedic surgeon. He has treated countless patients with a wide range of hand and joint conditions, including Dupuytren’s contracture. As an approved “Super User” and graduate of the Xiaflex training program, he takes the time to help patients understand their conditions and determine if Xiaflex or another treatment option is right for their particular needs.
If you would like to learn more about Xiaflex or other treatment options for Dupuytren’s contracture, contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gray.
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