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N/A Doctor in Southern California
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03/18/2010 17:09
bon 
03/18/2010 17:09
bon 
Re: N/A Doctor in Southern California

I have posted this in 2 locations because of interest in a So Cal location.

By the way the fee paid by my insurance after all of the discounts was approx. $615.


I, too, was doing research on surgery and NA when I found this forum. I wish I had found it in 2006 before I had surgery on my pinkie finger left hand - 90 degrees contracture. That's when I was told I had DD. I had never heard of it. I was just told by my hand surgeon that I should not wait too long because it was aleady 90 degrees. I only had diseased tissue in my finger and my palm was clear and beautiful. I did not even have a cord or nodule.

I had the surgery and within 6 months I had a sizable nodule in my palm and over 4 years everything developed. 3 large nodules, a cord, dimpling, etc. I developed a 30 degree contracture of the ring finger at the MCP joint. Pinkie is fine - almost perfectly straight. (At the time, in 2006, I had 3 months of therapy and wore a splint for 3 months.) Did not change and has not changed today.

This time I was not going to have surgery because of what I read about having repetitive surgeries, etc, etc. I went to my hand surgeon (in Nov) who said surgery (of course) and I questioned him about NA. He said that it was an "acceptable" procedure and did not try to scare me. He told me they do it at UCLA which I aleady knew.

I had begun a correspondence with Dr. Denkler in October and sent him pictures and he said I was a viable candidate for NA. I also asked for a referral to So Cal and he said Dr. Benhaim at UCLA. I was also trying to find a Dr. that was "in network" with my insurance and Dr. Denkler is not.

I began a correspondance with Dr. Benhaim and sent him pictures and he said I was a candidate for NA. I searched this forum about UCLA and Dr. Benhaim and found info buts lots of it was old.

After some more emails, I was feeling confident about Dr. Benhaim. I saw where he had improved on his methods and even had additional training with Dr. Eaton. He initially worked some with Dr. Denkler. At first, I had some difficulty getting anywhere with his office because they are so busy. It was also Holiday time and I was not in a rush. I finally made headway after the holidays and was given date options in Jan and Feb. I chose Feb 18.

I had an early AM appt so my husband and I went up the night before and stayed at one of the hotels nearby that provides a discount if you are going to UCLA for a medical reason.

03/18/2010 17:11
bon 
03/18/2010 17:11
bon 
Re: N/A Doctor in Southern California

The completion of my comments. (UCLA provides a shuttle so you can leave your car at the hotel.)

My procedure took approx 45 minutes and was done under a local anesthetic in the surgery center. There was training going on and I could hear everything of course. The process was a bit more than anticipated. I had apporx. 30-40 needles for the numbing (local process) which gets old after the first 20. It did prick quite a bit and hurt a bit at first but you start to get used to it. I felt no pain but could feel internally when he was tearing the threads of the cord - one by one. He kept testing the sides of my fingers for my feeling to be sure there was no problem with the nerves. After he was satisfied and he kept feeling if I had any tension at all in my palm because he wanted to get me the best release he could, he gave me a cortisone (kenalog) shot in each nodule and stretched each finger back individually. The shots and finger pulling did hurt.

I am now one month and all is well. I had absolutely no after surgery pain He put the hand to sleep with 24 hours so I guess that insured no pain. It would have been difficult to drive because of that. My finger is now totally straight with full range of motion. The nodules have shrunken down considerably. He ordered therapy approx 8 sessions but I do not need it and stopped at 4. Most of it was bandage control.

That brings up the one unexpected item - I had 7 skin tears which I did not expect;.. One was considerable. The others just slim breaks on the creases. I have been wearing a light gauze wrap for protection but have not used it this week at all. My therapist does not like bandaids because of the plastic. Does not breathe. I am wearing a splint at night but I don't even think I need it.

Dr. Benhaim was attentive, professional and thorough. I would definitely recommend him and NA.

04/10/2010 14:49
JohnOrr 
04/10/2010 14:49
JohnOrr 
Re: N/A Doctor in Southern California

I have had NA 4 times now. First treatment 2004 then 2005, 2008 and yesterday 4/9/10. I always fly from Southern California to Florida to see Dr. Eaton at the Hand Center. www.handcenter.org. I did inquire about treatment at UCLA but the Dr. dismissed me flippantly from the submitted photos as "not suitable for NA".
Dr. Eaton is fantastic and is now organizing a symposium to take place in Florida in May. The symposium will attract over 100 experts including lab researchers, surgeons and therapists. They are actively looking for a cure!! No longer just a better surgical technique but actually findiing a cure. Please take a moment and go to www.dupuytrenfoundation.org to see if you can help

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