Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition of the hand that develops over the course of time. It can deform the hand so that it becomes impossible to straighten the fingers. This can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks, shake hands, put on gloves, and other issues with movement. Luckily, there is a treatment available for this condition, and we can help.
What Is Dupuytren’s Contracture?
Dupuytren’s contracture is a hand deformity that develops over time. Researchers and doctors have been unable to determine the cause of Dupuytren’s, but common risk factors include age, gender, ancestry, and family history. Typically, older men of a northern European descent are the most likely to have this condition.
In Dupuytren’s contracture, tissue under the skin of the palm begins to form knots. These knots turn into a hardened cord that pulls back the fingers. The condition develops over time, and sometimes can be diagnosed early before a major deformity has occurred. In either case, treatment is highly successful.
One of the most effective treatments for Dupuytren’s contracture is a surgical technique. In surgery, the cords that have formed are removed or broken apart. There are several different surgical techniques that can be used for treatment, depending on the severity of the deformity and the formation of the knotted cords of tissue.
An alternative to surgery, and a less invasive approach, involves injecting the cord with a specialized product designed to breakdown the cord and allow the finger to straighten. Depending on your individual case, this may be an option for you.
At Julian Plastic Surgery, we are able to treat Dupuytren’s so that you can regain the normal use of your hand. If you have been diagnosed with Dupuytren’s, or if you have noticed your fingers bending and are unable to straighten them, we can help. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your consultation.