Surgery for Dupuytrens disease
This condition causes thickening and contraction of some of the normal tissue of the hand. It is not dangerous but the resulting deformity may prevent full straightening of the fingers and this can limit hand function. It usually progresses over time although rate of progression can vary between individuals. The end result is often a clawing of the hand particularly the little and ring fingers.
There are various treatment options with differing risks and rates of recurrence of the problem. We will discuss these options with you in the clinic along with potential complications prior to planning treatment.
Surgery to remove the affected tissue is usually done awake but under a regional anaesthetic block to numb the whole arm. A scar is placed over the affected area and the abnormal tissue removed. Dissolvable sutures are then used to close the skin and a bandage applied with or without a plaster of Paris. You will be able to go home on the day of surgery and we will see you after one week to check the wound is healing adequately.
We will then see you when everything is fully settled to ensure you are happy with the result. It is usually possible to significantly improve the deformity but it should be noted that sometimes full correction is not possible and the problem can occasionally come back.