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November 24, 2009


Dupuytren's and Carpal Tunnel Specialist Dr. Evan Collins of Houston Methodist Hospital Sought for New Percutaneous Needle Aponeurotomy (NA) Procedure

Offered By Only A Small Group of Hand Specialists Throughout the United States, the NA procedure Prompts Response to Collins' Less Invasive Treatment Options for Two of Today's Most Common Hand & Upper Extremity Conditions

HOUSTON - Renowned for his research and work in the field of hand and upper extremity, Dr. Evan Collins of Houston Methodist Hospital's Center for Orthopaedic Surgery, has now become one of the few hand specialists within the United States to offer the new Percutaneous Needle Aponeurotomy (NA) procedure for Dupuytrenís Contracture.

A Weill Cornell assistant professor and former Chief of Hand & Upper Extremity at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Collins has amassed an archive of journal articles and book chapters contributing to the understanding of both common and rare conditions of the hand and upper extremity.

While known for his work with trauma and uncommon injuries and conditions of the hand and upper extremity, he has increasingly become the specialist to whom patients suffering from two of the most common hand and wrist conditions in today's society turn for treatment.

Dr. Collins has honed special minimally invasive treatments for patients suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and now offers a new less invasive treatment for Dupuytren's disease.

"The Percutaneous Needle Fasciotomy, also referred to as needle aponeurotomy, is an outpatient procedure yielding excellent results and offering a much shorter recovery time," said Dr. Collins.

"We have patients, who were once willing to live with the discomfort for fear of the traditional surgical procedure, coming to the Medical Center from across the United States in order to obtain relief and regain hand function with this new, much less invasive procedure," added Dr. Collins.

A progressive condition, Dupuytren's disease causes the fibrous tissue of the palmar fascia to shorten and thicken. This can eventually result in a nodule which causes fingers to contract - resulting in distortion and reduced hand function. The new percutaneous needle aponeurotomy offers renewed hope to patients reluctant to seek conventional surgical intervention.

Awarded some of the highest nationally recorded patient satisfaction scores, Dr. Collins is featured among H Texas and Texas Monthly magazinesí recognized doctor's listing and internationally renowned for his research in common tendinopathies, osteoarthritis and other debilitating joint conditions.

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 Orthopaedic Association, the Texas Society of Sports Medicine, and the Houston Orthopaedic Society.

To learn more about Dr. Collins and read patient testimonials on the new needle aponeurotomy procedure, log onto www.drevancollins.com. Or, call (713) 441-3535 for an appointment.