Tony Kochhar, has been accredited as one of the first specialists to offer this ground breaking treatment for Dupuytren’s Contracture. Dupuytren’a contracture is a common condition usually affecting patients over the age of 40, both men and women.
It leads to progressive clawing of the hands which can be severely debilitating and painful. Until now, the only treatment has been a large operation to open up the hand and fingers and cut out/excise the contractures. This has significant risks and the recovery can take months. The contractures usually come back meaning even more risky and lengthy surgery.
The condition reportedly* affects 1 in 5 men over the age of 60 and 1 in 5 women over the age of 80. It famously affected former Premier Margaret Thatcher and President Ronald Regan, along with a number of other famous people such as Broadcaster Sir John Tusa, Actor David McCallum and Playwright Samuel Becket.
Xiapex (known in the USA as Xiaflex) is a drug that is injected into the contractures and breaks them down. With this new treatment, there is no no need for surgery and this series of injections results in a faster, easier recovery without the risks and pain of large operations.