Restore Dexterity and Function with Collagenase Treatment
If you suffer from Dupuytren's contracture, even the simplest everyday tasks like tying your shoes or shaking hands can be frustrating. As the condition progresses, it can pull one or more fingers into a perpetually bent position, limiting your range of motion and dexterity. Dr. Patricia Berbari is excited to offer collagenase injections at our Gatineau practice. It is the first and only non-surgical option that has been approved to treat Dupuytren's contracture. Dr. Berbari is qualified to safely administer collagenase injections. To learn more about the benefits of treatment and undergo an evaluation to determine your candidacy, schedule an appointment with us today.
What is Collagenase?
Dupuytren's contracture causes an abnormal thickening of the tissue beneath the skin of the palm. Excess collagen, a naturally-occurring protein that gives skin its elasticity, contributes to this effect. As the condition progresses, the buildup can cause a rope-like cord to form in the palm, pulling the fingers (typically the ring and pinky fingers) into a bent position. The result is a drastically reduced range of motion and inability to straighten the affected fingers. For this reason, the condition is often confused with arthritis in its early stages.
Collagenase is an injectable prescription medication specially formulated to break up this excess buildup of collagen. The medication is a mixture of enzymes that are directly injected into the cords, and can be used to treat any number of affected fingers. Although the treatment has been popular in the U.S. for years, collagenase has just recently been approved for use in Canada.
The Treatment Process
You will purchase collagenase at a pharmacy and bring it to your appointment. Treatment begins with an anesthetic to numb the treatment site. A separate collagenase injection is used to treat each affected finger. On the day following administration of the medication, Dr. Berbarai will gently straighten the affected finger, again using local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. The majority of patients can experience a greatly increased range of motion after just one treatment session, allowing the fingers to nearly or completely straighten from their previously bent position.
Benefits & Risks
Collagenase treatment is often fully covered by private company insurance. This minimally invasive solution offers a number of patient benefits over surgery, including cost savings. Though rare, risks include pain, and allergic and inflammatory reactions. Choosing a hand specialist like Dr. Berbari is the surest way to minimize the risk of complications.
Aftercare & Recovery
After your procedure, Dr. Berbari will refer you to an occupational therapist who can create a customized night splint for you. After it is received, you will be instructed to wear the splint for two weeks to maintain the correct position of your treated fingers. You will also need to visit our office for at least two follow-up appointments to check on your progress.
Learn More during a Consultation
If Dupuytren's contracture is affecting your quality of life, visit our office to learn more about your treatment options. Our staff is happy to speak with you about obtaining insurance coverage for your collagenase procedure, and provide you with more information on the benefits of this minimally invasive treatment option.
“Dr. Berbari is an excellent doctor - the best there is.” Carol, Plastic Surgery Patient