Do you struggle with extending or straightening your fingers properly?
You may have what’s called Dupuytren’s Contracture.
This condition is a painless thickening and contracture of tissue beneath the skin on the palm of the hand and fingers. A small, painless nodule or lump develops in the tissue below the skin on the palm side of the hand and, over time, it thickens into a ‘cord-like’ band.
The development of this ‘cord’ causes one or more of your fingers to bend toward the palm, making it difficult to extend or straighten the fingers. In severe cases, straightening them is impossible.
Dr. Elmaraghy treats Dupuytren’s Contracture with an FDA-approved, nonsurgical treatment called XIAFLEX®.
WHAT IS XIAFLEX®?
XIAFLEX® is a prescription medicine used to treat adult patients when a ‘cord(s)’ can be felt. XIAFLEX® contains proteins that help ‘break’ the cord(s) of tissue that cause your fingers(s) to bend towards the palm of your hand.
Dr. Elmaraghy personally performs the injections here at SpaSurgica / Rejuvenate Medical Spa. He is one of only a few medical providers in the Tri-City area and beyond offering XIAFLEX® injections. He has extensive experience with it and has been using this treatment since it was approved for use several years ago.
HOW IS XIAFLEX® ADMINISTERED?
If you have multiple joint contractures, he may administer two XIAFLEX® injections into the same hand during one treatment visit. Injection(s) and finger extension procedure(s) may be administered up to 3 times per cord at approximately 4-week intervals.
IS IT PAINFUL?
Although XIAFLEX® is not uncomfortable to receive, some patients have mild to moderate pain for up to 48 hours after the injection, with rare patients having discomfort beyond this period.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Visit 1: After you receive your injections, your hand will be wrapped with a bandage. During this time you should limit your movement and use of the treated finger(s).
Visit 2: At approximately 24-72 hours after your XIAFLEX® injection, Dr. Elmaraghy will assess the results and you will be given a splint to wear which will keep your fingers straight. You will also be given finger exercises to perform each day and, with Dr. Elmaraghy’s approval, can begin normal activities with the injected hand.
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Visit 3: A follow-up visit may be required in approximately 4 weeks if the contracted cord(s) persists and additional XIAFLEX® injection(s) may be required.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
The most common side effects with XIAFLEX® include swelling of the injection site or the hand; burning or bleeding at the injection site; pain or tenderness of the injection site or the hand; swelling of the lymph nodes (glands) in the elbow or armpit; itching; breaks in the skin; redness or warmth of the skin; pain in the armpit.
If you experience a serious side effect, contact Dr. Elmaraghy. These are not all of the possible side effects with XIAFLEX®.
BOOK A CONSULTATION
Dr. Elmaraghy has had some excelled results and very satisfied patients. If you have Dupuytren’s Contracture and want to find out more about XIAFLEX®, call our office for a consultation.