Dupuytren’s disease can progress slowly over the years, eventually affecting your ability to use your hands. Dr. Newman offers treatment for Dupuytren’s disease to restore your full hand mobility.
Dupuytren’s Disease, or Dupuytren’s Contracture, is a condition where the fascia, a layer of connective tissue beneath the skin, progressively contracts leading to pain and impaired motion. Left untreated, the process can lead to permanent loss of motion. Dupuytren’s disease begins with a thickening of the skin on the palm of the hand which then begins to dimple and may form into a lump. At the condition progresses, cords of tissue can develop under the skin, extending to the fingers and causing them to tighten. This results in the fingers being pulled to the palm and making them difficult to re-extend. While the exact cause of Dupuytren’s disease is unknown, there are certain factors that can contribute to its development including:
- Age – the condition is most common among those over 50
- Sex – men are more likely to develop Dupuytren’s disease
- Ancestry – those of Norther European decent are at a greater risk
- Tobacco and alcohol use
Those who have been properly diagnosed with Dupuytren’s disease are candidates for repair. Patients much ensure that they receive a professional diagnosis because Dupuytren’s disease can mimic other hand conditions like trigger finger. The condition can be detected by examining and feeling the hands. Early stages of Dupuytren’s disease may not interfere with the mobility of your fingers and may not require treatment. However, as the condition progresses, Dr. Newman can help you determine the best course of treatment.
The goal of Dupuytren’s disease treatment is to break apart the cords that are causing the fingers to tighten. While the standard of care is to remove the diseased fascia, the condition can be temporized by injecting Xiaflex to break up constricting cords or by small incisions. In more advanced cases, the cords can be surgically released, offering long-term relief from the condition. This will, however, require some physical therapy after treatment to regain full mobility of the fingers.
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The downtime and recovery enquired after treatment for Dupuytren’s disease will depend on the technique used. There is little recovery necessary after enzyme injections because no incisions are involved. However, surgical repair will require some time for the incisions to heal followed by several months of physical therapy.
To learn more about your Dupuytren’s disease treatment options and to schedule your consultation with plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Newman, contact our office today.