Xiaflex is a newer, FDA approved, injectable medication that can be used for the treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture.  It is a collagenase (collagenase clostridium histolyticum) that specifically attacks and breaks down the collagen fibers associated with Dupuytren’s contracture.  It thereby weakens the cord formation(s) and allows them to be manipulated and ruptured.  It is an in-office procedure.  Local anesthetic is used for the manipulation portion.  A hand splint is fashioned and worn for the following 2-4 weeks while sleeping and part time during the day.  Recovery time is typically 4 weeks or less.  Hand therapy is occasionally needed, but not routinely.  In general, Xiaflex is cheaper, quicker, and less painful than surgery.  Recurrence rates are similar, as any treatment method utilized for Dupuytren’s contracture addresses the cord formation and not the underlying genetic disorder.

Hand image example of Dupuytren's Contracture requiring treatment.
Xiaflex Protocol medication injection treatment for Dupuytren's Contracture available at Frisco Hand Center.
Examining Hand for Dupuytren's Contracture Assessment

Dr. Rahhal has performed a large number of the Xiaflex protocols. She is happy to discuss the process with you, as well as the pluses and minuses of Xiaflex compared to all other treatment methods currently available.  Call the office today for an honest, informative, and no obligation consultation.