Xiaflex Treatment

Xiaflex is a new medication available in Canada to treat Dupuytren’s disease (thick cords on the palm and fingers) without surgery. Xiaflex has been used for many years in Europe and the United States of America but was only released in Canada in 2014. Dr. Shortt has been offering it to his patients and has successfully treated appropriately selected patients every time without the need for surgery. Besides not needing surgery, the greatest benefit is the rapid recovery. People often leave the office being able to fully open and close their hand for the first time in years.

Typically the medicine is injected into the cord in your hand or finger and then allowed to work for 2 days. After 2 days you see Dr. Shortt once again. At this second visit he will put some freezing into your hand and gently stretch your finger open, without the need for any surgery. Xiaflex is not for everyone and not without some potential risks. Dr. Shortt will go over that with you at your consultation.

Xiaflex is covered by most extended health plans. Dr. Shortt’s staff will help you apply to your insurance company. If you do not have coverage, you may still purchase the medicine from the company; Dr Shortt’s staff will assist in this process. There is no procedural fee as Dr Shortt’s services are covered by OHIP.

When to consider having this procedure?

Xiaflex can be considered for anyone that has a Dupuytren’s cord that is causing their finger to bend. It is best suited for someone that wants to avoid surgery and the prolonged recovery that goes along with it.

What is the recovery time?

If all goes well, you will be using your hand immediately. You will need to wear a splint at night to preserve the benefits you obtained from Xiaflex for 3 months. On occasion, swelling or breaks in the skin can occur. This would required appropriate treatment with therapy or dressing care.


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