Dr. Giuffrida of New Jerseyâ€™s Active Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine explains how XIAFLEXÂ®, performed in the office, can benefit patients suffering with Dupuytrenâ€™s contracture.
Online PR News – 06-April-2013 – 4/3/2013, Westwood, NJ – Westwood, NJ For those suffering with the genetic condition known as Dupuytren's contracture, simple tasks like stretching out your fingers can be difficult or even impossible. This disease affects the hand and can cause fingers to curl, unable to go back to their natural position. While there's not yet a cure, New Jersey's Dr. A. Ylenia Giuffrida was on hand to discuss how XIAFLEX, a treatment she performs in the office, can help patients struggling with Dupuytren's contracture.
"Dupuytren's contracture occurs when there is an abnormal buildup of collagen in the hand," Dr. Giuffrida explains. "The thickening of this tissue creates a cord, responsible for pulling your fingers down towards your palm. The ring and pinky fingers are most commonly affected and when bent, can make everyday tasks involving your hands much more difficult."
When asked about the treatments available, Dr. Giuffrida offered this: "XIAFLEX, a prescription medication, is an injectable treatment option designed to straighten fingers that have been afflicted with Dupuytren's contracture. It uses enzymes to break down the excess collagen in the hand, helping the cord to break down and the fingers to straighten."
"A major benefit of XIAFLEX is its simplicity," explains Dr. Giuffrida. "I perform the procedure in the office, and it generally requires only one or two injections per cord, in intervals of about 30 days. The day after the procedure, the patient will come in and I will try to straighten their fingers." Most patients report the cord being broken after the first treatment session, Dr. Giuffrida also reported.
Asked to comment on what XIAFLEX means for those struggling with Dupuytren's contracture, Dr. Giuffrida added this: "With more and more patients looking for a non-surgical treatment option, XIAFLEX presents a strong alternative. I encourage anyone who is interested in finding out more about this treatment to schedule a consultation today."
Dr. Giuffrida practices at Active Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Westwood and Hackensack. Interested parties are encouraged to find out more at www.activeorthopedic.com
About Dr. Giuffrida
Dr. A. Ylenia Giuffrida is a respected orthopedic surgeon practicing in Westwood and Hackensack, New Jersey. A graduate of Duke University, she earned her degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. She earned her MD at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and completed her Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Giuffrida completed her Fellowship Training in Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and specializes in hand and elbow treatments.
Practicing at Active Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Dr. Giuffrida can be reached at (201) 358-0707 in Westwood, (201) 343-2277 in Hackensack or at www.activeorthopedic.com
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