Xiaflex Provides a Solution For Those Who Suffer From Dupuytren’s Disease
Living with Dupuytren’s disease.
Dupuytren’s disease is a hand condition that tends to run in families and there is no cure for it. It is caused by abnormal thickening of fascia in the palm and fingers, causing the fingers to curl. As a result, the fingers may become permanently bent into a fixed position.
This can have an impact on one’s hand function, both at work and with hobbies. For some, it makes it hard to shake hands, wear gloves, put their hands in their pocket, and occasionally causes pain when gripping objects.
What is Xiaflex?
Until 2012, surgery was the only option for managing Dupuytren’s disease. For many individuals, a surgical option is not the ideal solution to manage their condition. This can be a time-consuming process with recovery and downtime included.
Now, there is an injection of an enzyme that dissolves the fascia without having an operation. Xiaflex is made from collagenase clostridium histolyticum, an enzyme that destroys and breaks down collagen. It has been approved by Health Canada as a solution for Dupuytren’s Disease.
Dr. Ayeni is one of a few surgeons who has been giving these injections in the York region and she has had good success. In her dedication to helping her patients feel their best, she understands that being able to perform regular duties with the hands is an essential component of this process.
It is important to know that Dupuytren’s can come back after an injection, just like it can come back after surgery. Dr. Ayeni will discuss more details with you when you meet with her to discuss your Xiaflex treatment.