Question:I have a condition called Dupuytren's disease affecting my left hand. It seems to be getting worse. It doesn't hurt, but I'm having trouble straightening my fingers. I can't put my hand in my pocket or in a glove anymore. What can be done about this?
Studies show that surgery is a good option for restoring hand motion and function for patients with Dupuytren's. In fact, the earlier the better for good results. A recent study measured hand function before and after the operation.
Patients improved more when the middle joints of the fingers (PIPs) were operated on. The thickened chord that develops with Dupuytren's was cut and released. Patients were able to do many functions with greater ease such as picking up small items, writing with a pen or pencil, and pouring water from a cup or jug. Putting on gloves or washing hands are common problems with severe Dupuytren's, but these were not reported on in this study.
See a surgeon who specializes in hand surgery and find out what other treatment might be suggested for you.Kingsley Paul Draviaraj, MRCS Ed, and Indranil Chakrabarti, FRCS Ed (Orth). Functional Outcome after Surgery for Dupuytren's Contracture: A Prospective Study. InThe Journal of Hand Surgery. September 2004. Vol. 29A. No. 5. Pp. 804-808.
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