Dupuytren’s Fasciectomy

Dupuytren's Fasciectomy

Orthopaedic Surgery | Self-Pay, NHS, Insured

What is Dupuytren’s disease?

Dupuytren’s disease is a condition where scar-like tissue forms just beneath the skin of your fingers and the palm of your hand. Over time, this fibrous tissue can contract and force one or more fingers to curl up into the palm. This is known as Dupuytren’s contracture.

What does the operation involve?

Dupuytren's fasciectomy can range from simply cutting a fibrous band in the palm of your hand to removing all of the affected skin and replacing it with skin grafts. Various anaesthetic techniques are possible. After the operation, you should be able to make better use of your hand and straighten the affected fingers more.


How soon will I recover after Dupuytren's fasciectomy?

You should be able to go home the same day. Your surgeon may arrange for you to have a splint to wear on your hand at night, and some physiotherapy to help get your fingers moving again. It is also important to exercise your shoulder and elbow gently to prevent stiffness.

Hand therapy at The Horder Centre

Horder Healthcare offers highly specialist treatments for upper limb conditions and injuries affecting the hand, wrist and elbow.

Are there any alternatives to a Dupuytren's fasciectomy?

The consultant may be able to perform a needle aponeurotomy (inserting a small needle under the skin to release the tight cords). However, there is a higher risk of the contracture coming back. Collagenase can be injected into the bands of tissue but this is a new treatment and it is unclear how effective it is. The most effective treatment is surgery.


Information leaflet

This document is intended for information purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

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The operation and treatment information on this webpage is produced using information from EIDO Systems International and is licensed by Horder Healthcare. The information should not replace the advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

Patient stories: Steve Robinson

For years, Steve Robinson suffered from Dupuytren's contracture, a condition that causes the fingers to bend towards the palm. Following a consultation with surgeon Oliver Harley, he underwent hand surgery and attended five physiotherapy sessions at The Horder Centre in Crowborough.

"The healing seemed to take place very quickly. I noticed very early on the angle the fingers went back to."

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