Hand Surgery

Dupuytren’s Contracture

Dupuytren’s Contracture is a hand condition that is caused by a thickening of some of the structural fibres in the hand. The thickened fibres may cause nodules in the palm or fingers or ‘cords’ in the palm or extending from the palm into the fingers or thumb. Dupuytren’s nodules and cords are not harmful but over time may lead to progressively bent fingers with limited movement. This can cause problems with using your hand for day to day activities, as well as being disfiguring and socially limiting.

There are several options for treating your Dupuytren’s Contracture which range from simple out patient procedures to more extensive operations under general anaesthetic. Dupuytren’s disease is extremely varied in how it affects different people’s hands, and treatment has to be tailored to the individual to get the best results. Dr Potter has a special interest in Dupuytren’s disease and will carefully assess your hand and discuss the best options for treatment with you.