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This condition is known as Dupuytren’s contracture.

If your Dupuytren’s is not painful or causing you mobility problems you may not need any treatment. You should discuss your symptoms with your GP before seeking any treatment. 

If your symptoms are painful or you are having problems performing daily activities due to your Dupuytren’s there are several treatments available:

  • Radiation - Several doses of radiotherapy sometimes slows or halts the symptoms
    of Dupuytren’s. The side effects of radiation can include dry skin, skin flaking off or thinning of the skin.
  • Needle Aponeurotomy - sometimes called a needle fasciotomy, this outpatient procedure involves severing the fibrous tissue in your hand using a very fine blade or needle. You will be given a local anaesthetic so your hand will be completely numb. Most patients experience an immediate reduction in symptoms however the incidence of a return of symptoms after this procedure is very high. In many cases the procedure may need to be repeated.
  • Collagenase Clostridium Histolyticum injection - Collagenase is a fairly new drug that can be injected into the bands of tissue. This drug actually reacts with the fibrous collagen in your hand to break up the tissue. Twenty four hours following your injection you will visit your consultant who will straighten and stretch your bent finger(s). If unsuccessful the injection can be repeated up to three times. The side effects of collagenase injections can include swelling, bruising, bleeding and pain. 
  • Surgical correction (Fasciectomy) - if your fingers can not be straightened using any other treatments your consultant may recommend surgery.

What happens during Dupuytren’s fasciectomy surgery?

Surgery for Dupuytren’s can be done under local, regional or general anaesthetic.  The operation can range from simply cutting the fibrous band in the palm of your hand removing all of the affected skin and replacing it with skin grafts. After your operation your surgeon will close any incisions with stitches and apply a dressing.

Going home after Dupuytren’s fasciectomy surgery

You should be able to go home on the day of your surgery. Your hand may be sore and swollen but this should settle within the first few weeks of your recovery. 

Although surgery can improve the flexibility of your fingers it does not cure Dupuytren’s disease. If your symptom occur again you may need a second operation.

What are the complications of Dupuytren’s fasciectomy surgery?

Any surgical procedure may result in complications. These could include:

General complications:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding 
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Scarring 

Specific complications of Dupuytren’s fasciectomy may include:

  • Injury to an artery in the finger
  • Incomplete correction of the contracture 
  • Return of the symptoms 
  • Stiffness of the finger joints 
  • Numbness 
  • Wound healing problems 
  • Severe pain, stiffness and loss of use of the hand (complex regional pain syndrome)
Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370 922
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Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavy Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6SY

01242 246 552
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Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 276 591
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25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

0141 334 9441

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555 800
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Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

0113 388 2111
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Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 276 9401
Overall rating Good
Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

01912 816 131
Overall rating Good

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775 861
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Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286 991
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Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 360 100
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Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531 111
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The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

01926 427971
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Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

02380 266 377
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Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY

01483 227800
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Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 793 269
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