How does Xiaflex work for Dupuytren’s contracture?
Xiaflex is a medication used to treat Dupuytren’s contracture by targeting and breaking down the collagen that forms the thickened cords in the palm and fingers. The medication contains an enzyme called collagenase, which specifically degrades the collagen fibers responsible for the contractures. Xiaflex is injected into the affected tissue, causing it to weaken and break apart over time, allowing the fingers to gradually regain movement.
Xiaflex for Dupuytren’s contracture treatment
Typically, Xiaflex injections are given once every 4 to 6 weeks, and a patient may receive up to three during the treatment process. This treatment schedule can be adjusted based on your results and any side effects that may arise. The key to successful Xiaflex treatment is scheduling follow-up appointments as recommended by our physicians to ensure that the treatment is working as intended.
Treatment Cycle (Up to 4)
What to expect during your Xiaflex treatment?
First, our doctor will numb the affected area with a local anesthetic. Once the area is numb, they’ll use a needle to inject Xiaflex into the contracted cord that’s causing your finger or hand to bend unnaturally. Over the next few days, Xiaflex will disrupt the collagen in the cord, weakening it and allowing your doctor to straighten your finger or hand. You might experience some discomfort or swelling after the injection, but typically, patients recover quickly and are able to use their hand or finger normally soon after.
Xiaflex Success Rate For Dupuytren’s Contracture
How effective is Xiaflex for Dupuytren’s contracture?
Xiaflex has been shown to be effective in treating Dupuytren’s contracture, particularly in patients with palpable cords causing finger contractures. Clinical trials and real-world experience have demonstrated its ability to improve finger extension and function in individuals with this condition. With a success rate of around 64% according to recent studies, Xiaflex has proven to be a viable option for patients looking to manage their Dupuytren’s contracture symptoms.
In many cases, patients require multiple injection sessions to achieve the best results. This is particularly true for individuals with more severe contractures. Additionally, Xiaflex treatment might be used in combination with other treatments, such as physical therapy, to achieve optimal results.
Xiaflex Cost For Dupuytren’s Contracture
How much do Xiaflex treatments cost?
The cost of Xiaflex treatments for Dupuytren’s contracture can vary widely depending on factors such as your insurance coverage, the severity of your condition, and the number of treatment sessions required. It’s also worth noting that some government insurance plans and programs like Medicare can help cover the costs of Xiaflex treatments.
Medicare coverage often depends on whether the treatment is considered medically necessary based on the individual’s condition and the criteria set by Medicare. If it is deemed medically necessary, Medicare Part B may cover a portion of the costs associated with the treatment.