Many individuals suffer from Dupuytren’s contracture, a condition that affects the hand. The disease causes tissue inside the hand to become contracted and thickened.
The affected tissue is what normally gives the skin strength. The end result is that individuals who have this disease may have difficulties fully straightening their fingers. The importance of treatment could depend on the severity of the symptoms.
The standard treatment for the disease involves a surgical procedure, but it may not be an ideal procedure for everyone. Instead, an alternative procedure may be needle aponeurotomy instead.
What Is This Procedure?
Needle aponeurotomy also called NA, is a minimally invasive procedure, and it can be used to treat Dupuytren’s contracture. During the procedure, the surgeon uses a needle tip to divide contracted palmar fascia, also called contracted fingers. Microscopic puncture wounds are used during the procedure.
An additional benefit is that the procedure could produce minimal scar tissue. Local anesthesia is used for the procedure, and it may not have to be performed in a large hospital.
How Is A Needle Aponeurotomy Performed?
First, an initial assessment may need to be performed. It’s important to determine if you’re an ideal candidate for the procedure. An ideal candidate for this procedure may have a measurable loss of motion in his or her fingers. The procedure could take about one hour or less to finish, and it’s performed while you’re under local anesthesia.
A Doppler vascular exam may be needed. The Dupuytren’s cords are identified using palpation. After applying a local anesthetic to the area, the surgeon divides the cord at multiple levels, which is accomplished using the tip of a needle.
After the procedure is finished, a light bandage is applied, and you may be expected to use an ice pack.
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