OrthoVirginia Blog

Now Available - Xiaflex a less invasive procedure for Dupuytren's contracture


Dupuytren’s contracture is a thickening of the palmar fascia tissue in the palm of the hand.  Over time this can cause contracture that feels like a cord drawing one or more fingers to bend towards the palm.

Traditionally the only option for relief of Dupuytren’s contracture was corrective hand surgery.  Now the hand surgeons at OrthoVirginia have several less invasive alternatives to offer those patients where this cord of tendons can be felt.

One option is percutaneous fasciotomy with steroids administered to reduce recurrence.  Another option is injection of a collagenase enzyme, (XIAFLEX) followed by gentle manipulation to break the contracting cord, after it has been partially dissolved by the enzyme.

To find out if you are a candidate for one of these innovative, less invasive procedures for Dupuytren’s contracture, please consult one of the hand surgeons at OrthoVirginia.