The Georgia Institute For Plastic Surgery in Savannah is proud to be among the first plastic surgery practices in the region to offer Xiaflex injections to treat a debilitating hand condition known as Dupuytren’s contracture. To learn more about Xiaflex, now being administered by Savannah plastic surgery providers of The Georgia Institute For Plastic Surgery, please read the paragraphs below.
What Is Dupuytren’s Contracture?
Dupuytren’s contracture is a progressive medical condition that affects the connective tissue of the palm of the hand, just beneath the skin. As a result of collagen buildup in the palm, thick, rope-like cords of tissue limit hand movement, preventing fingers from being relaxed or straightened normally. Individuals who suffer from Dupuytren’s contracture are often unable to perform simple tasks such as handshaking, writing, grabbing door handles and the like.
Until recently, the only effective treatment for clenched fingers was hand surgery, resulting in long recovery periods and months of physical therapy. Furthermore, patients suffering from severe or recurring Dupuytren’s contracture were often forced to consider amputation.
What Is Xiaflex?
Xiaflex is the first FDA-approved non-surgical solution for individuals who suffer from Dupuytren’s contracture. It is a biologic drug made from proteins that works by breaking down the excess collagen buildup in the hand.
Xiaflex is a revolutionary breakthrough in non-surgical medicine that offers safe, effective treatment leading to remarkable recovery in patients with Dupuytren’s contracture.
Xiaflex Treatment and Candidacy
Xiaflex is administered directly into the chord of the hand via an injection by our skilled medical professionals of The Georgia Institute For Plastic Surgery. Full recovery may require several treatment sessions, depending on the severity of the disease affecting each patient. Although Xiaflex is proven to work, it is unclear how long the benefits of Xiaflex may last, since Dupuytren’s contracture can be a recurring condition in some patients.
Your candidacy for Xiaflex can only be determined during a consultation appointment with one of our skilled Savannah plastic surgeons of The Georgia Institute For Plastic Surgery.
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