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Is there anyone out there with capsular contracture that used Accolate and got better without surgery?

Accolate is said to reverse capsular contracture. Lots of studies on the web, but I want to hear from someone who had at least Stage IV, where the implant felt hard and looked a little distorted, took Accolate, and the capsular contracture improved or disappeared.

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What are some physical therapy exercises for an elbow contracture?

after breaking my arm, my arm will not straighten. Been told its a contracture. What exercises can I do?

gentle stretching. If you have someone you trust you can ask then to help. Put your arm on a table and ask them to gently push down on your hand until you ask them to stop. This will not be resolved in a day but may take several weeks. Do it several times a day. You also need to see the doctor and make sure there are no other problems. Stiffness after a fracture and immobilization is common but if it's too bad you may need to see a physical therapist. Be patient.  (+ info)

What is the cost for capsular contracture correction for one breast?

One of my implants is firm and sits a little higher then the other. I'm trying to find out the cost to fix that one breast. Please do not answer if, well if you don't have the answer.

Varies widely from state and Dr. Have your surgeon give you an estimate. Most plastic surgeons offer free consults.  (+ info)

What Can Be Done About Capsular Contracture Once You Develop It?

Essentially, capsular contracture is excessive scar tissue that forms around a breast implant. With almost any foreign item placed in the body, from a splinter to an artificial joint, the body’s natural reaction is to either try to get rid of it or form scar tissue around it to wall it off from the rest of the body. The formation of some scar tissue around a breast implant is normal and natural.

debridement.  (+ info)

What are the risks of surgery for Dupuytren's contracture and what is the likelihood of things going wrong?

I have the condition and do not yet need surgery. I'm stretching my hand everyday to delay the onset but sooner or later I may need surgery.

I heard that someone had a botched operation and had to have their finger amputated. This was probably just scaremongering. What are the real risks? Anyone out there had the operation?


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What specialist surgeon does the dupuytren`s contracture operation?

Orthopaedic surgeon or plastic surgeon.  (+ info)

Is there a cure for volkmann's contracture in a child are cause from compartment syndrome from a fracture?

My 9 year old daughter broke her are last May. Because of swelling she suffered compartment syndrome leaving her with a ver damaged forearm and hand. She has lost feeling, and movement in the hand. All she can move is the thumb and pinky. She goes to physical therapy twice a week. I was just praying besides the surgery she has had to removed dead tissue and relase the nerves that there might be something else that would help her.

Mild deformities can be corrected by passive stretching of the contracted muscles using a turn-buckle splint (Volkman's splint)
For moderate deformities, a soft-tissue sliding operation where the flexor muscles are released from their origin at the medial epicondyle and ulna is performed (Maxpage operation)
For a severe deformity,bone operations such as shortening of the forearm bones, carpal bone excision etc. may be required.
However prolonged physiotherapy is absolutely essential.
If you consult a good Orthopaedician, your child will certainly recover.

May God bless your child.  (+ info)

Has anyone ever heard of anything natural, or alternative medicine that helps DUPUYTREN'S CONTRACTURE?

This is sometimes called "trigger finger" and most doctors claim their is no cure, and that minor hand surgery can help problem but it will probably come back again.

Try Vtamin E and topical DMSO. Just be careful if you do use DMSO as it takes anything that it comes into contact with through the skin so be careful.

Dupuytren's contracture is a fibrotic disease, characterised by scar tissue. You could try anti-fibrotic herbs such as the chinese herbs Angelica sinensis and Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza) and also the herb Milk thistle.

There are also enzymes such as serrapeptase and nattokinase and bromelain that might help.
Read this also:
You can make up your own treatment plan along these lines but I would also take at least one anti-fibrotic herb...if you are not on anti-fibrotic medication such as colchicine. Talk to your doctor first before taking herbs if you are on medication because of a risk of interactions.

I would also take MSM (organic sulphur) as it is reputed to have anti-scarring properties along with vitamin E and C taken internally.

I would also browse Dupuytren's forums to see what has been tried and tested by others and deemed to help. Such as these:

Best wishes.  (+ info)

how long will it take for duputrens contracture to affect fingers?

What are the first symptoms

Check out this website:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dupuytrens-contracture/DS00732  (+ info)

Has anyone had needle aponeurotomy for Dupuytren's contracture?

How sucessful? Recurrence of the cord? Painful? Was it PIP or MP joint?

I have not had needle aponeurotomy for my Dupuytren's contracture.
However, I investigated the procedure and then asked my rheumatologist whether it was a good option, since now I am treated with a small injection of cortisone in the palm of my hand just below the finger from which the tendon extends that is giving me major pain & problems.
He said he would never use the method on his patients because it causes scar tissue to form and recurrence of the cord.
So I do not consider it a viable alternative for me.

Recently my rheumatologist bought a portable ultrasound unit that he uses to guide the needle directly to the area around the tendon that he will inject the cortisone into.
He uses the "freezing the skin" method for most patients, but I prefer he inject me with a bit of lidocaine about two minutes before he starts the cortisone shot, and I don't feel a thing and can even drive myself home without pain.  (+ info)

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