I was recently diagnosed with Dupuytren Disease affecting my pinky finger and was told that surgery was the best choice. What does surgery involve?
A typical surgery to correct the contracture caused by Dupuytren Disease begins with an incision along the affected finger. The surgeon will use this incision to excise or remove the fibrous bands and nodules causing the contracture. In some cases, a ligament or tendon sheath release or palmar capsule release is also necessary. After the contracture has been corrected, a z-plasty with or without skin graft is used to close the incision. After surgery, expect to wear a compressive bandage and thermoplastic splint for the first week. After the first week, the splint will be worn only at night for up to three months. Hand therapy begins shortly after surgery to help restore ROM and strength.