Dupuytren’s disease affects the hands and fingers and often leads to one or more fingers to bending into the palm of the hand.
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It usually starts with a tiny lump, called a nodule, in the palm and eventually string like cords develop beneath the skin which begin to pull the affected fingers towards the palm and cannot be straightened anymore. This results in what is known as Dupuytren’s contracture tends to affect more men than women, and often occurs in later life. It can affect up to 20% of men above 60, and 20% of women who are over 80 years old.
Incisions are made in the palm of the hand and the diseased tissue is removed. Afterwards you will require hand therapy and a splint to worn at night to maintain the straightening of the fingers.
Depending on which hand was operated on and what your job involves, you will usually be able to return to work within a few weeks of surgery.