Dupuytren’s contracture (also known as Dupuytren’s disease) is a benign hand and wrist condition that is caused by an overgrowth of fibrous tissue in the palmer fascia. As this fibrous tissue grows, it can cause the fingers to bend down in a curled position. While orthopedic surgery is often the best option, there are times when it may not be appropriate.
Below, I discuss the surgical and non-surgical treatment options for Dupuytren’s contracture in more detail, including what to expect before and after surgery.
Patients with pain or discomfort in the hand, wrist or upper extremity may find the following videos helpful:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome [Video]
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Symptoms and Treatment Options
- Thumb Arthritis [Video]
About the Author: Mark J. Winston, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist and upper extremity surgery as well as sports medicine. Before joining Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics, Dr. Winston completed a hand and upper extremity fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.
The medical information contained in the Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics website is provided to increase your knowledge and understanding of orthopedic conditions. This information should not be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific medical or surgical treatment plan. As each patient may have specific symptoms or associated problems, the treatment regimen for a specific patient may not be the proper treatment for another.
Gaining knowledge and understanding of a particular problem or condition is the first step in any medical treatment plan. I believe the information presented on our website will be helpful for those individuals experiencing hand and wrist diseases, injuries, or other related problems. However, this information is not intended to replace the advice of your family physician. You are encouraged to consult with your physician to discuss any course of treatment presented or suggested.