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Dr. Badois' Office

Dr. Badois' (pronounced Bad Wa) office is located in a suburb of Paris, France 20 to 30 minutes by car or taxi from downtown Paris. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Paris Opera Hotel located near the Opera House. Room rate was $125.00 per night and dinner for 2 at the hotel costs approximately $50.00. You can find many hotels that are less expensive, if you're willing to do some searching. We elected to stay here because I like to stay in a nice comfortable hotel. Round trip air fare for 2 on Air France was less than $2000.00. However Air France appears to be the United Airlines of France, if you know what I mean.

It is located in a small shopping center office complex between a pharmacy (designated by a large green cross) and medical laboratory. His name is on the front door and mailbox. You'll have to press the doorbell and he'll buzz you in. You'll walk up several flights of stairs and be greeted by the doctor at the door. He's a very personable man whom you immediately feel comfortable with. He also speaks perfect English so you will have no trouble communicating with him. You'll also note his very small waiting room and you're likely be welcomed directly into his office without waiting. There is no receptionist and no red tape. This is a welcome change and a far cry from what we're used to here in the US. Our medical professionals could take a lesson in customer relations from this man.

The Procedure

My wife and I sat across from him noting that he had the pictures of my hand that I'd emailed him already displayed on his computer monitor. He then personally completed a form asking me basic questions such as what allergies I have, have I had any surgeries, etc. He obviously didn't want to encounter surprises but he was also looking for a possible event that could have triggered my expression of Dupuytrens. We decided that it could have been the hand I landed on when I fell and broke my hip. There was apparently no need to even take my blood pressure. He briefly looked at both hands, took out a protractor and confirmed that my pinky finger did in fact have a Stage II contracture. He also assured me that it could be corrected with a single 20 minute procedure. After these preliminaries, he said "let's get to work."

We all walked over to his medical "couch" where I layed down with my hands at my sides. There was no overhead light. He was using the natural light from the patio door immediately behind him. I noticed that his tools consisted of a small kidney shaped pan containing a syringe containing lidocaine anesthetic (similar to the one used by a dentist for an injection) and some gauze padding. NOTHING ELSE!! He told me to relax my left hand. He coated the surgical area with a swab of betadine and then he made the first injection. For a moment, it stings a little then after a few seconds my finger and palm are numb. At this point all I felt was some pressure in my hand.

He is quite skilled at using the tiny needle. He's definitely doing something with the needle but it's hard for me to see. When I begin to feel a little pain, he injects a little more anesthetic. Note that he saws the contracture using the SAME needle as the anesthetic! How convenient. I can see and feel him twisting and moving my finger. I thought briefly about asking him to pull my finger, but I didn't think he'd get the joke. Suddenly I hear a "snap" which is the sound of the cord being ruptured. He then asks me to bend my finger and do the same on my good hand. He remarks that he can't make the former bad one any better than the good one. Needless to say, I'm thrilled. He had a little work to do on the ring finger and he proceded to fix it as he did the little finger.

Click the pix below to see the before and after results. I can also now lay my hand flat on a table...something I've not been able to do in 2 years.

Before

After

Flat

After he checked for flexion of the fingers, he proceded to bandage just the ring finger, my pinky finger and the palm of my hand. I was cautioned not to wet or soil the area. This meant I had to keep the hand covered in plastic for the next 3 days while I showered. I suggest that you bring a plastic baggie or wrap the hand in plastic and keep it out of the shower. After the 3 days, you can remove the bandage and wash your hands. Also, you're not allowed to do any lifting with your hand for 10 days to avoid tendon rupture. Please take this into account if you're having BOTH hands worked on. You'll need to bring someone with you to lift your baggage.

The last things he did were to present me with a receipt for insurance purposes summarizing the things that were done, including a materials used list, and then he wished me well. What a truly happy experience!

Click here to read about Dr. Badois' qualifications.


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