The loss of hand function from Dupuytren’s Contacture can be extremely debilitating. At the Eden Institute, we are experts at helping you regain your hand function and quality of life using the latest techniques.
Dupuytren’s contracture (also known as Dupuytren's disease) is a condition that affects the hands and fingers. It is caused by a thickening of the connective tissue in the palm. This thickening leads to the development of nodules and cords in the palm and fingers. If the cords run along the finger or thumb they can shorten (contract) and pull the fingers in towards the palm of the hand. Dupuytren’s contracture usually affects both hands and most commonly affects the ring fingers and the little fingers, followed by the index fingers, the middle fingers and the thumb.
As sufferers of Dupuytren’s contracture know all too well, this is a very debilitating condition. If left untreated, the condition may progress to the point where the fingers are pulled into a permanently bent position, and normal hand function will be lost. This loss of hand function can make normal daily activities (e.g. dressing) very difficult, or even impossible, and can therefore have a major impact on quality of life. If you have been diagnosed with Dupuytren’s contracture, Dr Edinburg and his team are experts at helping you regain your hand function and quality of life. Using the latest techniques in Dupuytren’s Contracture Treatment they will surgically release the tissue that is causing the contraction, allowing you to rediscover the normal, pain-free movement you need to enjoy life to the full. As with all our procedures, your comfort and best outcome is our top priority.
You should consider surgery if your condition is becoming debilitating and other treatments, such as stretching and physical therapy, are not helping. Delaying surgery until you are unable to use your hands can make Dupuytren’s Contracture Treatment and recovery more difficult.
This depends on the procedure used, whether or not both hands are affected, and also the number of fingers affected.
Yes, you would normally be treated in hospital under general anaesthetic.
Depending on the extent of treatment required, you would normally recover fully in two to six weeks. Dr Edinburg will also prescribe physiotherapy to help improve the function and range of movement of your hand(s).
While Dupuytren’s Contracture Treatmentcan have excellent results in relation to restoring your hand movement, it does not cure the disease. Recurrence is more likely if you are young, if your contracture was severe, and/or if you have a strong family history of Dupuytren's contracture.You may therefore need surgery again at a later date.
The cost of Dupuytren’s Contracture Treatment will depend on the method and extent of surgery, however it usually attracts Medicare and Health fund rebates. We will assist you in working out your financial and medical information when you have consulted with Dr Edinburg.
Interested in our Dupuytren’s Contractures hand surgery? Contact the Eden Institute; we are conveniently located in Baulkham Hills, Chatswood and Richmond in Sydney.