also enjoys painting - some of his work hangs in his office.
Hello, I have it too.
I have the hand condition known as Dupuytren's contracture. I have had it treated
with needle aponevrotomy by Dr. Lermusiaux in France, and also
trained there with him, Dr. Lellouche, and the other doctors at
Lariboisiere Hospital who perform this technique on a daily
basis. I would like to
help bring this procedure into common use in the United States.
Who I am:
am a board certified Emergency Room physician practicing
medicine near Boise,
Idaho. I do many invasive procedures in the ER, including hand procedures. When I first started developing symptoms of
Dupuytren's contracture in my little fingers, I went to see two
local hand surgeons. I was given the standard
advice that nothing could be done until the disease progressed and my
contractures were more severe. The treatment would be surgery involving 3-4 months of
rehab afterwards and not being able to use my hands during that
time. I waited for things to get worse.
In the meantime, as I watched my little fingers gradually draw
down, every day use - such as putting my hands in my pockets,
putting them flat on a table, swimming laps, playing my
guitar or shaking hands - become more and more difficult. I began reading all that I could about
Dupuytren's condition and stumbled across a website on needle aponevrotomy
(NA). I read about this technique with great
interest; needle aponevrotomy had not even been mentioned by the
2 hand surgeons who had examined my hands.
After much research of the current medical literature and after contacting other Dupuytren's patients
who all had excellent results after having NA on their hands -
including a Pediatric Neurosurgeon - I decided not to wait for my hands to
deteriorate further. I made the trip over to Paris in 2002 to be
treated by Dr Lermusiaux.
I was, of course, somewhat nervous. I had the same questions you probably have now: if
this procedure is as great as every one says, why aren't US
physicians offering this to their patients? was it going to
hurt? how would my hands be afterwards? would I have
complications? But as anyone who
has this condition will understand, I was also very anxious to get back
full use of my hands so I went through with my appointment. In a
short 15 minute procedure, Dr Lermusiaux released my
contractures and erased the previous 10 years of discomfort and
worry that I had
suffered. I was absolutely astounded! Immediately my fingers were straight
again. I knew this was something I had
to help bring back to patients in the United States.
I returned to Paris to train with Dr.
Lermusiaux, Dr. Lellouche, and all the other doctors who offer
NA to their patients at Lariboisiere Hospital.
I am very pleased
to be able to offer this procedure to you.
in the waiting room at Dr. Lermusiaux's office
in Gagny, France.
about 2 hours after the NA treatment by Dr Lermusiaux,
seeing the sights in Paris!