Dupuytren’s disease, also called Dupuytren’s contracture, usually begins with a thickening of the skin of the hand, which becomes a hard lump or a thick band that over time begins to retract the skin, contracting the fingers
Before the surgery
To know if you suffer from Dupuytren’s disease, below is the list of the most frequent symptoms: development of thick tissue, a hard nodule or a thick band under the skin of the palm of the hand, when the fingers flex and decrease the function of hand.
For advanced cases, surgery is the only effective treatment to correct contracture. Although it increases the mobility of the finger or fingers, it does not correct the process that causes the disease.
In surgery, a Z-shaped incision is made in the palm of the hand and affected finger or fingers, the thickened tissue is removed, respecting the tendons and nerves, sometimes a skin graft may be necessary to correct the lack of skin to stretch the hand (the skin that is going to be grafted can take several areas -the same wrist or arm-).
For a few days you will have a bandage on your hand and you will not be able to move it. After surgery, rehabilitation and physiotherapy sessions may be necessary to reestablish the function of the hand.