Treating Dupuytren Disease in Palm Beach, FL
At Palm Beach Hand to Shoulder, we understand the impact that Dupuytren contracture can have on your daily life. That's why Dr. Veronica Diaz is dedicated to providing her specialized expertise and innovative techniques to restore function to your hand.
In 2012, Dr. Diaz was privileged to take over the practice of Dr. Charles Eaton, a world-renowned hand surgeon and expert on Dupuytren disease, when he exited clinical practice to focus his energies on Dupuytren research. Dr. Eaton was the first American surgeon to adopt percutaneous needle release, or needle aponeurotomy/fasciotomy (NA), having traveled to Paris to learn the technique from the originators.
Dr. Diaz is honored to carry on the tradition of a high-volume NA practice for patients looking for an alternative to surgery or costly enzyme (collagenase) injections. If you’re ready to take the first step towards regaining control of your hand, schedule a consultation with Dr. Diaz at Palm Beach Hand to Shoulder today.
Dupuytren Hand Surgery Specialist | Jupiter, FL
Minimally-Invasive Surgery for Dupuytren Contracture
Needle aponeurotomy/fasciotomy (NA) is the most effective and minimally invasive treatment option available for Dupuytren contracture At Palm Beach Hand to Shoulder, Dr. Diaz specializes in this advanced technique to provide relief and restore hand function for her patients.
- This procedure is performed in the office under local anesthesia, making it an excellent alternative to traditional open surgery for individuals seeking a quicker recovery time and minimal scarring.
- Dr. Diaz will use the beveled edge of a small needle to divide the scar-like Dupuytren tissue that does not allow the finger(s) to straighten.
- By gently breaking down the fibrous tissue, this procedure should allow the fingers to regain their natural range of motion.
Needle aponeurotomy has helped many patients with functionally disabling Dupuytren contracture to avoid more invasive surgeries, which typically have a lengthy recovery and unpredictable results.
At Palm Beach Hand to Shoulder, we prioritize patient comfort and safety. Dr. Diaz will evaluate your condition, determine if NA is suitable for you, and guide you through the entire treatment process. We are committed to delivering the highest standard of care and helping you achieve optimal results in treating Dupuytren contracture.
The hallmark symptom of Dupuytren is a slowly progressive, painless tightening of the skin and underlying tissue in the palm. This causes one or more fingers to bend into the palm, making it difficult to open or straighten them. Other symptoms can include:
- Inability to lay the hand flat
- Difficulty with fine motor skills
- Difficulty clearing objects
- Inability to put on gloves or fit hand into small confined spaces such as a pocked
- Lumps on the palm
- Dimpling of the skin
While researchers don't know exactly what causes Dupuytren contracture, there are some theories. It is believed to be a combination of genetics and environmental factors. People who have diabetes or are exposed to certain chemicals may have an increased risk of developing the condition, as do people with a family history of Dupuytren contracture. There are also some studies that suggest regular use of hand tools, such as hammering or cutting, may increase the risk of developing this condition.
Not everyone is a candidate for NA with Dr. Diaz. Some patients may not have the right type of Dupuytren contracture or their symptoms may be too advanced for this procedure.
Dr. Diaz will assess your individual situation and determine if needle aponeurotomy is the best option for you. She may also recommend other treatments such as physical therapy, medications, or surgery depending on your needs.
At Palm Beach Hand to Shoulder, we pride ourselves on providing personalized care for each of our patients. Schedule your first appointment with Dr. Diaz online, or give us a call at (561) 746-7686.