Lovell Hand & Orthopedic Center

Dupuytren’s Contracture

Condition Name:
Dupuytren’s Contracture
Common Symptoms:
Thickening of tissue in the palm, finger stiffness, finger curling
Surgical Intervention:
Needle aponeurotomy, open excision
Non-Surgical Intervention:
Observation
Dupuytren’s Contracture

Dupuytren’s Contracture

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Dupuytren's (du-pwe-TRANZ) contracture is a hand deformity that usually develops over years. The condition affects a layer of tissue that lies under the skin of your palm. Knots of tissue form under the skin — eventually creating a thick cord that can pull one or more fingers into a bent position. The affected fingers can't be straightened completely, which can complicate everyday activities such as placing your hands in your pockets, putting on gloves or shaking hands.Dupuytren's contracture mainly affects the two fingers farthest from the thumb, and occurs most often in older men of Northern European descent. A number of treatments are available to slow the progression of Dupuytren's contracture and relieve symptoms.

What is Surgery Like For This Procedure?

A contracture of the hand, finger, or thumb is a condition that leads to decreased range of motion. It can be inherited or the result of an injury. If a finger won’t straighten properly, it can be difficult to use the hand. Your surgeon can help relieve pain and restore motion by removing, repairing, or replacing the tissue that’s causing the contracture. The size and location of the scar will vary, depending on the type of procedure you have. After surgery, your surgeon may prescribe hand exercises or therapy to do under the guidance of a hand therapist. This can help you regain normal movement and function in your hand.
Dupuytren’s Contracture
Dupuytren’s Contracture

Symptoms

A contracture of the hand, finger, or thumb is a condition that leads to decreased range of motion. It can be inherited or the result of an injury. If a finger won’t straighten properly, it can be difficult to use the hand. Your surgeon can help relieve pain and restore motion by removing, repairing, or replacing the tissue that’s causing the contracture. The size and location of the scar will vary, depending on the type of procedure you have. After surgery, your surgeon may prescribe hand exercises or therapy to do under the guidance of a hand therapist. This can help you regain normal movement and function in your hand.