I met Dr. Eberhart when he rebuilt my knee about 20 years ago, and I’ve been referring patients to him for years. I’m a GP, and feel very comfortable referring shoulder, knee and hand problems that I see in my practice.
I also have Dupuytren’s Contracture in both hands (a thickening of the fibrous tissue layer underneath the skin of the palm and fingers) that was impacting my quality of life: I couldn’t clap, hold my wife’s hand, or put on a pair of gloves. And the mosquito always got away! It was also interfering with my work as a doctor.
Dupuytren’s Contracture is a progressive disease with a strong genetic component, and mine had started some 30 years ago. I considered surgery but surgery is a one-time thing, and then you are dealing with scar tissue. Surgery also requires a significant amount of healing and time out of work.
I was delighted to take advantage of Xiaflex injections – a non-surgical treatment with relatively few side effects – that is now offered locally by Dr. Eberhart. The injection breaks the fascial band that has thickened and shrunk, and frees the joint. You are not dealing with scar tissue, stitches or sutures. Also, the physical therapy involved in follow-up treatment is minimal compared to surgery.
However, this treatment requires very special management on the part of the orthopedic surgeon, and I had great confidence in Dr. Eberhart as a highly skilled, experienced hand surgeon.. He’s also very down to earth, an athlete, and someone who completely understands my lifestyle goals. I can now play golf, hold a snow shovel, and button my own shirt.