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A 49-year-old member asked:

will getting surgery to treat dupuytrens contracture disease really help out or not?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Indications for surgery are related to degree of contracture based on the potential for long term loss of motion if not addressed. Flexion contracture greater than 20 degrees at the mp joint or any contracture involving the pip joint are indications for surgery. Surgery eliminates contracture allowing range of motion of joints but does not guarantee possible recurrence in other fascial chords.
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Yes, but no cure: I believe that minimally invasive treatments for Dup should be tried first. NA and Xiaflex (collagenase clostridium histolyticum) are fantastic ways to treat the contracture without the long recovery of open fasciectomy.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Dupuytrens treatment: whether it is surgery or collegians injection or aopneurotomy is designed to lessen a contracture of the finger . This is how it "helps" Many who have so called mild disease and even sone who have significant contracture do not have pain, or huge dysfunction for many tasks. So a lot depends upon whether one feels the contracture is limiting . It is important to understand the risks v benefits

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the risks of surgery for dupuytren's contracture?

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Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shinanswered
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
There are several...: Surgery for dupuytren's contracture is very safe. However, the usual risks of surgery apply anytime the skin is cut: pain, infection, bleeding, nerve/vessel injury, and stiffness. In dupuytren's contracture surgery, great care is taken to avoid injury to the nerves and vessels. Some patients will develop a recurrence of the contracture. Therapy will be recommended to improve finger flexibility.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the risks of surgery for dupuytren's contracture?

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Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Several: Surgery to excise the pathologic tissue from dupuytren's diease carries many of the same risks as other surgery - infection, scarring, stiffness, nerve or artery injury. Because of the way the dupuytren's cords can wrap around the nerve and artery the risk to them is 1-5% (higher if it is a re-do surgery) other main risks are recurrent disease, recurrent contracture, and flare reaction.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the risks of surgery for dupuytren's contracture and what is the alternative?

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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Several risks: Besides the chance of reacting to anesthetic, bleeding or developing an infection, there is the risk of skin loss/slow healing. Nerve damage can cause permanent numbness/pain and scar tissue, stiffness. Also the contracture can reoccur. That is why we don't operate on mild cases. The alternatives include physical therapy, no surgery and an injectable medication to dissolve bands.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can anyone who has done surgery to treat dupuytrens contracture disease please tell me if it truly helped or not?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes, may recur: Due to the genetic nature of this disease, there is a chance of recurrence no matter how it's treated. Surgery was the only way to get the fingers straight, but the incisions are painful and take time to heal. There is now an injection that can be used to dissolve the tissue contracting the fingers. Since i started injecting, i rarely do surgery. Talk with an orthopaedic hand surgeon about options.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
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A 51-year-old member asked:

How effective is surgery for Dupuytren's contracture disease?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Very effective: it is generally very effective. There is also a local injection available for this disorder which may remove theneed for surgery.

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