Dupuytren’s contracture makes your fingers curl in toward your palm, causing significant problems with using your hands. If you have symptoms of Dupuytren’s, Hudson Valley Bone & Joint Surgeons, LLP in Hawthorne and Yonkers, New York, can help. The practice’s experienced orthopedic surgeons offer minimally invasive surgery to restore hand function and relieve pain in patients with Dupuytren’s contracture. To get fast access to cutting-edge treatment for Dupuytren’s, call the office today or book an appointment online.
Dupuytren’s contracture affects the fascia in your hand. The fascia is a layer of fibrous tissue just under your skin. Dupuytren’s causes the fascia beneath the skin of your fingers and palm to gradually thicken and tighten.
As the tissue tightens, it pulls your fingers inward toward your palm. This process can happen so slowly that many people don’t get medical treatment when Dupuytren’s contracture is in its early stages.
One of the first signs of Dupuytren’s contracture is small nodules or lumps in the palm of your hand. These lumps might feel tender to the touch at first, but this sensation can fade over time.
The contracture begins as the fascia becomes tighter and one or more of your fingers starts to bend inward toward your palm. Contracture most often happens in the ring and little fingers, but it can affect any finger and your thumb.
As Dupuytren’s contracture gets worse, you’ll have trouble extending your fingers properly. It can become increasingly hard to grip and will start affecting your ability to do everyday tasks.
If you get treatment early enough, steroid injections can reduce your discomfort and slow the progression of Dupuytren’s contracture. However, fixing the condition usually requires surgery.
Hudson Valley Bone & Joint Surgeons, LLP offers several surgical options for Dupuytren’s contracture, including:
Fasciotomy involves cutting the thickened tissues causing your Dupuytren’s contracture.
With subtotal palmar fasciectomy, your surgeon makes an incision in your palm — often in a zig-zag pattern — to access the underlying fascia. They remove as much abnormal tissue as possible, then use a skin graft if necessary to help your body heal.
Your surgeon might apply regenerative medicine treatments like stem cells or platelet-rich plasma to the wound to encourage the tissues to heal.
After your surgery, you’ll probably need to wear a splint for a while to keep your fingers straight and immobile. As your hand heals, you’ll need physical therapy to improve and strengthen your hand function.
As long as you stick with your rehab program, you should make a full recovery from Dupuytren’s contracture surgery.
Conditions that affect hand function impact almost every aspect of your life. To get the treatment you need for Dupuytren’s contracture without delay, call Hudson Valley Bone & Joint Surgeons, LLP today or book an appointment online.