Dupuytren’s disease is a condition, which affects the palm and fingers. There is gradual contraction and tightening of the tissue in the palm, which results in deformity and inability to straighten one or more fingers. The process tends to be progressive.
Early surgery is recommended to reverse the deformity and allow normal finger and hand functions. If the condition is not treated early enough, the deformity becomes so advanced that surgical access to the palmar aspect of the hand is restricted making surgical correction difficult.
The surgical procedure involves one day in hospital and the hand is placed in a cast for one week. Early postoperative movement is encouraged in order to get the best possible result.
One returns to office work by one week and to manual activities 2-3 weeks after surgery.