Dupuytren’s Contracture Release

What is Dupuytren’s Contracture Release?

Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition where the tissues that cover the nerves, muscles, tendons, and blood vessels become thicker and cord-like. These cords can look and feel like tendons, but they are not. There may be a single cord or many, and they may be in separate areas or connected together. Dupuytren’s contracture can make it very difficult to fully move the hands and over time, it can worsen – the cords can begin to pull the hands into a closed position, and it becomes impossible to fully open the hand.

Dupuytren’s contracture release is a surgical procedure that can release and remove the affected tissue. There are a couple surgical techniques that can be used depending on the severity of the condition and your unique anatomy. Your orthopedic hand specialist can recommend your best options during a consultation.

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Why Would I Need Dupuytren’s Contracture Release?

There are a few effective non-surgical treatments for Dupuytren’s contracture which include using a needle to release the cord or injecting enzymes to break up the thickened tissue. While this can address the underlying thickening process, it doesn’t always achieve better mobility in the fingers. Surgery, however, can improve mobility but without addressing the underlying process. Your orthopedic hand specialist can recommend your best treatment options during a consultation.

What Can I Expect From Dupuytren’s Contracture Release?

Dupuytren’s contracture release is a very delicate surgery because of the many nerves in the hands. It typically requires a local anesthetic to numb the area. Your orthopedic hand surgeon will create a small incision in the hand and carefully remove the thickened tissue. Once complete, the area will be dressed and made ready for recovery.

Dupuytren’s Contracture Release Aftercare

Recovery from Dupuytren’s contracture release can take several weeks. You’ll be given detailed aftercare instructions by your orthopedic hand surgeon including how to manage swelling and discomfort. It’s important to avoid repetitive hand movements associated with your job or hobbies until recovered. It’s also important to undergo physical therapy to help regain mobility, especially if your condition has severely limited your movement.

Schedule a Consultation at the Regional Hand Center

Dupuytren’s contracture can be difficult to live with, but our team of orthopedic hand specialists can help. To schedule a consultation, contact our Fresno, CA office by calling or filling out our online form.

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