Dupuytren's Contracture anyone?

mickeyrat

WFF Supporter
Yesterday I got a Xiaflex injection to breakdown the cord on my casting pinky. I go back Friday of next week have the cord broken by my hand surgeon. I was under the impression that this could be a piece of cake and shouldn't be an issue during my scheduled full day float of the Bighorn in twelve days following the manipulation.

After my injection I had to be fitted for a hand splint and got the "real" lowdown on what to expect from the therapist fitting my splint. The worst of which is a third of patients may get a skin tear which would shoot down my whole trip coming back home from CO.

I was wondering if anyone here has gone through the Xiaflex injection treatment of Duprytren's and the outcome and more specifically the length of time it took to get back on the water. Is it just wishful thinking to not cancel the float? Maybe go for a half day? Here's todays progress. 0417211330.jpg
 
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doublebluff

Go Beavs
Just make sure you listen to the docs and the PT's. I don't know the specific syndrome or treatment. Be careful with it. Let's say you slip getting out of the boat, you fall on the hand...

I hope the treatment improves things for you.
 
Had it done on one hand, to get my thumb and index finger working. I still have it in the palm of both hands leading up to my pinkies. Most likely will get more done. The scary part is that it may come back. Good luck. BTW my whole hand was black and it will certainly get your attention when they brake the cords free.
 

Steve Saville

WFF Supporter
Never had the surgery but I had the issue with the middle finger on my right hand. It took a year or more but I flattened my hand regularly and cracked my knuckles often. Eventually the finger and the pain were relieved. That's only my experience; not sure if it would work for others.
 

funfisher

Fish On!
Yep, I had that injection several years ago for one of my pinky fingers and yes, I experienced the skin tear. Actually, it was way more than a "skin" tear, it was a frickin' open wound and took a fair amount of time to heal. I should also say that my finger was bent much worse than yours. That being said, that pinky is still straight. I think you might want to wait to see how it goes next Friday before cancelling but your Doc should be able to make the call for you. Good luck!
 

mickeyrat

WFF Supporter
Yep, I had that injection several years ago for one of my pinky fingers and yes, I experienced the skin tear. Actually, it was way more than a "skin" tear, it was a frickin' open wound and took a fair amount of time to heal. I should also say that my finger was bent much worse than yours. That being said, that pinky is still straight. I think you might want to wait to see how it goes next Friday before cancelling but your Doc should be able to make the call for you. Good luck!
Thanks for your comment @funfisher. What's weird is I can actually hold my pinky and ring finger flat right now even before it's manipulated next week. It's a lot more swollen today and really got me concerned about opening up down the road.
 

hookedonthefly

Active Member
I diagnosed it. My wife has one. Recommend 2nd opinion, board -certified, fellowship-trained hand/upper extremity specialist. All being said, it is your like hand and stuff. Hope all goes well. Be careful with that. Ed
 

wareagle

WFF Supporter
My doctor wouldn't recommend the shot for me. His explanation was that whatever is injected to fix the problem doesn't stay local. It can keep traveling up the arms to who knows where.
 

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