How do I find out how many lawsuits have come from the Xiaflex injection for personal damage? The injection caused great harm and damage to my finger….including necrosis.
Sorry to hear of your bad Xiaflex reaction.
Unfortunately, as the use of Xiaflex for treatment of Dupuytrens cords is becoming more common I receive more and more stories like yours from people who call or email the Dupuytren Contracture Institute. I hear exactly the same type of story in which I am told about permanent injury to muscles, joints, nerves and blood vessels resulting in permanent loss of function, loss of feeling, terrible pain, varying degrees of weakness and tissue destruction, and sometimes eventual amputation.
It is never clear from the information I receive if the fault lies specifically with the Xiaflex drug that is used or with the doctor who performs the operation. Most of the time these people who come to this website are looking for conservative options after more aggressive drug and surgical treatment have caused them apparent injury.
Another real problem concerning Xiaflex injections is that they have a high rate of Dupuytren recurrence, meaning that it does nothing to correct the actual Dupuytren contracture problem since the contractures, nodules and cords come back in about two to three years for about 80% of the people who undergo this procedure. So after all these people expose themselves to the risks of injury (such as you have experienced), the only thing they can count on afterward is perhaps to from the problem only temporarily. To my mind it is not worth the great risk for such temporary relief. If you wish to read more about Dupuytrens treatment with Xiaflex, please go to “What is Xiaflex and what the risks if I take it?” from the DCI website.
I have referred to Xiaflex injections as surgery, although in the advertising that is done for this drug it is stressed that injecting this drug is a “non-surgical option for Dupuytren treatment.” I do not agree with that statement and many others in the medical profession also see it as a surgical procedure. The skin is broken with sterile medical equipment while sterile technique is used, treatment of a medical problem is attempted, the procedure must be performed by a medical doctor with special training, it can take anywhere form 20-60 minutes to perform, and thousands of dollars are involved – sounds to me like it is surgery. It is only called a non-surgical procedure to minimize and eliminate patient resistance to the procedure, making the idea easier for the doctor to “sell” to the patient.
I have no idea about the number of lawsuits pending for Xiaflex surgery that has gone bad. I suppose a good attorney would have that information for you. The medical and pharmaceutical industries do not have a good reputation about how they handle drug reaction problems or doctors who hurt patients; they have been known to hide this information for reasons of protecting heir own profit without regard to patient safety and welfare. Good luck with your hand. TRH