December 19, 2018

I’m back in the saddle again following two days associated with my Xiaflex procedure to correct the Dupuytren’s contracture in my right hand. In my case, the treatment involved three injections just below the ring finger and thereabouts in the hand to soften up tissue that was pulling my ring finger down towards the palm and causing pain and discomfort when doing the most ordinary of things, like clapping or high-fiving someone or turning a door knob or gripping the steering wheel of my car.

I won’t kid you – they practically had to scrape me off the ceiling during the injections, but the next day, where they numb the hand and then yank the fingers back to break up the tissue underneath (creating some pretty bizarre crunching sounds), was pretty interesting. And it was nice to have my ring finger back to its old position! Very seldom in medicine do you get instantaneous gratification like this did: the only thing that beat it, at least in my case, was when I got LASIK treatment on my eyes back in 1999 – nothing will ever beat that. But this was still pretty cool, and a worthy thing to done with before it got even more serious, where the treatment and recovery options are not as simple and straight-forward. Now I’ve got a seriously swollen hand with some lovely shades of black and blue, and some physical therapy and daily exercises ahead of me for the near future. It doesn’t appear that I’ll be be touching a golf club for a while – they’re saying 1-2 months – but it’s worth it.

I think in my case the recovery time is going to be pretty quick: I’m already back to doing simple things with my right hand that I couldn’t twenty-four hours ago (typing, for instance). And getting some Percocets for the pain was pretty cool in how they make you sleepy and a little bit loopy. Just another part of the overall experience.

The advances being made in modern medicine are really something – the Xiaflex treatment is fairly recent, and the hand doctor swears by it. It wasn’t too long ago the only option was surgery, and that was reserved for only the most serious of cases, since anyone will tell you that if you ever have to get your hand operated on – for any reason – it likely won’t ever be 100% the same ever again. So I’m grateful for the advances being made that enables this kind of non-invasive (well, to a certain extent!) treatment to be available for folks like me.

We now return you to our regularly-scheduled programming.

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