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I was "not a candidate" for NA, what do I do now?
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01/20/2009 03:11
Joani

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01/20/2009 03:11
Joani

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I was "not a candidate" for NA, what do I do now?

My pinkey finger has been getting progressively worse just within this last year after I had a fall on my arm. It has a bent in it about 30% towards the inside of my hand. I also have some lumps going towards the center of my hand from my pinkey. My pinkey is also thick under the knuckle. My regular doctor sent me to a hand specialist. who diagnosed me with Dupuytrens in early January and he told me surgery was the only answer. He never mentioned any other techniques. I went home and did some research. Finding this forum and other websites, I thought that NA would certainly be a lot easier and more successful for me. So, I sent pictures of my finger to one of the doctors that do it who lived closest to me. His nurse/assistant called me and said I was "not a candidate." I asked why and she said she didn't know, just that the doctor said that I was not a candidate.

I wasn't happy with that answer so I emailed the doctor asking for more details as to why I was not a candidate. The same nurse/assistant called me back and still couldn't or wouldn't give me any more information as to what my finger was lacking to be a candidate. Do you think I should try a different doctor that does NA? My understanding is to do something as early as possible-correct? I really don't want to have major surgery.
Joani

01/20/2009 04:20
diane s

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01/20/2009 04:20
diane s

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Re: I was "not a candidate" for NA, what do I do now?

Consider emailing your pictures to Dr. Denkler in Larkspur CA. He has treated a number of people that others declined and will answer your email.

01/20/2009 06:22
newman 
01/20/2009 06:22
newman 

Re: I was "not a candidate" for NA, what do I do now?

Hi Australia Calling
Seek another opinion .You mention other doctors in your area. You must realise NA in the US and Oz is relatively new. NA is not for everybody and 'pip' joints are not easy. Ask the difficult questions -How many have you done. Just my view. When I looked for a hand surgeon I saw four before I settled on one. Regards.

01/21/2009 00:47
petersmith 
01/21/2009 00:47
petersmith 
Re: I was "not a candidate" for NA, what do I do now?

Hi Joany

I agree you should speak to other specialist as I think it is very possible it can be fixed with NA. Mine was on smallest finger and contracted to 100 degrees at the pip joint and had lumpy bits underneath like yours and is perfect now. So if it worked for me I dont see why it shouldnt for you if you get the right NA practitioner.

01/21/2009 01:16
petersmith 
01/21/2009 01:16
petersmith 
Re: I was "not a candidate" for NA, what do I do now?

Joani

Out of interest Ive put a photo of my before and after on flicker http://www.flickr.com/photos/34576117@N03/ and maybe by looking at other hands might help you decide if yours was similar to other peoples who got fixed eh?

Actually it is so easy to add pictures on flicker be intersting to see more before and after shots and what treatment they had, as I know it can help people see pictures to decide if something works or not for similar conditions

01/21/2009 03:18
Linda B

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01/21/2009 03:18
Linda B

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Re: I was "not a candidate" for NA, what do I do now?

I do not know how close you are to Dr. Dinkler..I sent him pictures of my hands and he did both hands in one morning.....My one pinkie I thought was a loss cause at 90 percent closure..It is now almost 100 percent flat and open.....I know I might have to go back in a year or so for a nip and tuck but it is worth it...I did not realize when I went that the doctor was going to do both hands in one morning and had not packed the correct clothes.. I would suggest that if there is the slight possibility that you might have both hands done at the same time that you pack sweat pants with an elastic band at the waist...
I am happy with Dr. Dinkler and plan on seeing him again if I have to.....It sounds like you are in the wrong doctor's office...CHANGE NOW

01/21/2009 03:27
Linda B

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01/21/2009 03:27
Linda B

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Re: I was "not a candidate" for NA, what do I do now?

Thank you for the pictures..My finger looked just like yours....It is now streight....Dr. Dinkler was working on a new camera when I was there in the early part of December..It would be good to see some before and after pictures from his office..

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