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Dupuytren’s contracture is a thickening and tightening of the fibrous tissue under the skin of the palm, and finger. Though painless and quite common(President Reagan suffered from the disease), it does cause the fingers to curl up which may eventually affect your ability to grip objects or put your hands in your pockets. There is no known cause for Dupuytren’s contracture although it is more common in people of Northern European descent, and increases in frequency with age. Symptoms develop gradually, and usually involve the formation of nodules or lumps that thicken with time, forming tough bands of skin under the palm. As the disease migrates to the fingers, patients find that they can no longer extend their fingers.

Tree-bckgdThere are a number of non-surgical options for treating Dupuytren’s contracture such as steroid injections, splints and Xiaflex, an enzyme injection that is the only FDA approved non-surgical treatment option on the market, and which is now offered at Plastic Surgeons of Northern Arizona. Ideal for patients who’ve already formed a tough band or cord, Xiaflex treatment is simple, and effective. Basically, our surgeons will inject Xiaflex directly into the cord, and the next day, if necessary, they will extend your finger to break the cord. All that’s needed after that is a follow up visit. Many patients, however, reach a point where their hand function is so limited that they seek surgery. At Plastic Surgeons of Northern Arizona, our highly skilled hand surgeons believe that surgery is the best option for treating Dupuytren’s contracture if the patient is unable to place his/her hand flat on a smooth surface. Surgery involves dividing and removing the thick bands in order to restore finger movement.

Dupuytren’s contracture surgery is performed at Northern Arizona SurgiCenter, our privately owned, fully licensed, certified, and AAAHC-accredited ambulatory surgery center located in the lower level of the Plastic Surgeons of Northern Arizona building in Flagstaff. Following this surgery, you can expect some swelling, and you may require physical therapy but, in general, recovery time is minimal.

To learn more about dupuytren’s contracture surgery at Plastic Surgeons of Northern Arizona, contact us today at (928) 774-2300 or (800) 962-1390 to schedule a Dupuytren’s Contracture surgery consultation at any of our eight Northern Arizona locations.




Contact us today at
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About Us

Plastic Surgeons of Northern Arizona (PSNA) is proud to offer state-of-the-art surgical care to all the residents of northern Arizona. With a main office in Flagstaff and satellite offices in Sedona, Cottonwood, Kingman, Payson, Page, Lakeside, and Prescott, PSNA offers its patients the convenience of a wide variety of procedures as well as locations.

Dr. Lex, Dr. Quigley, Dr. Boettcher, and Dr. Cole are all Board Certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, and all are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. All four doctors perform everything from facelifts and Mommy Makeovers to breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery and skin cancer reconstruction, to endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery, Botox injections, laser skin resurfacing, and dermal fillers.

In addition to being Board Certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons, Dr. Lex, Dr. Quigley, Dr. Boettcher, and Dr. Cole are all hand surgery specialists, treating everything from hand trauma to arthritis and other hand dysfunction, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and chronic thumb pain.