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Sanford Physician Now Trained in Hand Deformity Procedure

Robert Van Demark, Jr., MD now Performs Needle Aponeurotomy for Dupuytren's Contracture

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Robert Van Demark, Jr., MD recently trained at The Hand Center in Jupiter, FL under the direction of Charles Eaton, MD. Dr. Eaton developed a course for needle aponeurtomy that is now a recognized procedure for Dupuytren’s contracture.

Dupuytren's contracture is a hand deformity that usually develops slowly, over decades and affects the connective tissue under the skin of the palm. Once this occurs, the fingers affected can't be straightened completely, which can complicate everyday activities such as placing your hands in your pockets, putting on gloves or shaking hands.

"Needle Aponeurotomy is a minimally invasive treatment for Dupuytren's contracture,” said Dr. Van Demark, orthopedic surgeon with Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.“ The alternative is a more complex surgical treatment, which requires several months of recovery. Needle Aponeurotomy allows for a more rapid recovery, and in most cases, it’s possible to return to near normal activities without bandages within a few days of treatment."

The technique was developed in Paris by Dr. Lermusiaux at the Hopital Laribosière. Dr. Eaton was instructed on this method by Dr. Lermusiaux in 2003 and was the first physician to offer this procedure in the United States. Dr. Eaton now trains physicians across the country on the procedure.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation with a presence in 111 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Belize and Ireland. Sanford Health includes 31 hospitals, 111 clinic locations and more than 800 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 18,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a healthcare organization in America. This gift is making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

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Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Manager | Sioux Falls Region
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