Dupuytren’s contracture is a disease which causes the formation of rope-like cords in the palms and fingers of your hand. As these cords tighten, your fingers will bend towards your palm, until eventually you cannot straighten them.
Unfortunately there is no cure for Dupuytren’s contracture, but there are a number of effective treatment options. Previously the mainstay of treatment had always been hand surgery, from which it often could take several months to fully recover from the operation.
Recently a minimally invasive option, the injection of collagenase (Xiaflex), has become available. While it still does not fully cure Dupuytren’s disease, it does have a number of benefits over surgical options. These include a faster recovery, a more rapid return to activities, decreased(or absent) scarring, and of course it removes the risks and inconvenience of surgery and anaesthesia.
A review appointment with your hand surgeon will be booked for you the next day or a few days later. If the cord has not already ruptured spontaneously from the collagenase, then under local anaesthesia your finger will be stretched until the cord is broken. A visit to the hand therapist the same day will be required for the application of a night time splint and the commencement of an exercise program.