Dec 01

Enzymes, not scapel

A number of years ago I was diagnosed with Dupuytren’s Contractures. For me it looked like a cord had formed or hardened in my left hand running from my ring finger to the lower part of my palm. The doctor explained that it most likely would get worse and deform my hand. At that time the only solution was surgery, a long recovery time, and much discomfort. No thanks.

Recently my GP mentioned a new a non-invasive solution for my problem. My left hand had become more deformed in the last year and had raised my concern recently. He said a specialist could inject enzymes that would soften the cord and the specialist could then “break” the cord. No surgery and no major recovery issues. So I had the procedure done just two weeks ago and my hand is about 100% recovered. It looks normal with none of the deformities I once had.

I have since browsed around and found enzymes being used for removing scar tissue and knee pain. My specialist said the FDA is moving forward with caution, but he personally thought we would be seeing more and more non-invasive procedures using enzymes.dupruy

According to WebMD – http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/dupuytrens-disease-topic-overview

Dupuytren’s contracture is an abnormal thickening and tightening of the normally elastic tissue beneath the skin of the palm and fingers. This tissue is called fascia. The fascia contains strands of fibers, like cords, that run from the palm upward into the fingers. In Dupuytren’s contracture, these cords tighten, or contract, causing the fingers to curl forward. In severe cases, it can lead to crippling hand deformities.

https://www.xiaflex.com says that Xiaflex’s treatment of a Dupuytren cord requires a doctor to make multiple injections (3) of Xiaflex into the palm of the hand into the Dupuytren’s cord at various points. Twenty four hours later the patient returns to the office for the doctor to forcefully break the cords that were enzymatically weakened the day before, by taking the fingers into extension

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