FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2009


Leading Texas Hand & Upper Extremity Specialist Dr. Evan Collins Now Offers Specialized Treatment for Patients Suffering from Dupuytren's Contracture

Collins Brings to Texas New, In-Office Percutaneous Needle Aponeurotomy (NA) Procedure Once Only Available in Europe

HOUSTON - Working to make the latest treatment options available for some of the most common hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions seen today, Dr. Evan Collins of Houston Methodist Hospital's Center for Orthopaedic Surgery and a Weill Cornell assistant professor now offers the Percutaneous Needle Aponeurotomy (NA) available to patients suffering from severe Dupuytren's Contracture.

The former Chief of the Hand & Upper Extremity Department at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Collins has built his practice on pushing the envelope to offer advanced hand, wrist and elbow treatments yielding the strongest, long term results. The percutaneous needle aponeurotomy, a procedure first developed in Europe and limited in availability around the United States, comes on the heels of a new autologous blood injection treatment he began offering recently for refractory lateral epicondylitis - which is drawing patients from across Texas.

"We're having tremendous success with minimally invasive injection treatments for many of the problems once conventionally treated with open surgery," said Dr. Collins.

"The percutaneous needle aponeurotomy now addresses the debilitating contracture associated with advanced Dupuytren's disease, without the additional trauma, risks and downtime of open surgery," added Collins.

Dupuytren's disease is a progressive condition causing the fibrous tissue of the palmar fascia to shorten and thicken and may eventually result in a nodule that can cause fingers to contracture, severely impacting day-to-day activity. The new percutaneous needle aponeurotomy offers new hope to patients reluctant to seek conventional surgical intervention. A member of the Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM) and part of the Methodist orthopedic team serving as the official healthcare provider of the Houston Texans and Dynamo, Collins focuses his research on the bones and joints of the hand, wrist and elbow - pioneering new trends and preserving careers.

Achieving among the highest nationally recorded patient satisfaction scores, he is featured among H Texas Magazine's recognized doctor's listing and internationally renowned for his research and less invasive treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's Disease and common tendinopathies, presenting his findings to peers at national and international hand conferences. Dr. Collins is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Texas Society of Sports Medicine, the Texas Orthopaedic Association, and the Houston Orthopaedic Society.

To learn more about Dr. Collins, his endoscopic carpal tunnel release or needle aponeurotomy, www.drevancollins.com. Or, call (713) 441-3535 for an appointment.