Patient Stories

Alexander S. Croog, MD

Dana developed Dupuytren’s contracture two years ago when her left pinkie finger became bent at the knuckle. The 44-year-old mother of three from Manassas consulted OrthoVirginia hand surgeon Alexander Croog, MD, who recommended an innovative treatment called needle aponeurotomy.

Needle aponeurotomy is performed in the office with local anesthesia to numb the hand. The surgeon then uses a small needle to lengthen the tight cord by cutting it beneath the skin at several points, much as a knife is used to cut a rope. The entire procedure lasts less than an hour and patients can drive home. Aside from avoiding strenuous gripping activities such as weight lifting, golf or tennis for a week, there are no restrictions. Dr. Croog is the only physician in the Washington metropolitan area trained in this technique by its American pioneer, and is one of just a few surgeons who perform it in Northern Virginia.

The procedure worked wonders for Dana. It was quick and painless and she was able to return to her job in a law firm that same afternoon. Except for wearing a brace in the evenings, there are no lasting effects.

“I was so excited and happy with the results – I couldn’t believe the difference,” she says. “I should have done this a year ago. Dr. Croog was absolutely wonderful and I’d highly recommend this procedure to others.”