A DISORDER of the skin and tissue on the palm of your hand, Dupuytren’s contracture prevents you from being able to fully straighten your fingers. The ring and little fingers are most commonly affected, although it can involve any finger. This condition is painless, but you can’t place your palm flat on a surface.
Dupuytren’s contracture seems to be hereditary and is most common in those of northern European descent. A new drug, Xiaflex, provides a non-surgical treatment for Dupuytren’s.
Surgery and recovery
If the condition requires surgery, Dr. Harris will remove the bands of thickened tissue, freeing the joints and enabling better finger movement. This operation is performed on an outpatient basis. You may need to wear a splint for several weeks after the operation to help straighten your fingers, and you may need hand therapy to help re-establish a full range of motion.