Gregory O'Toole - Hand Doctor, London
Dupuytren's disease is a condition caused by disease of the fascia of the hand which is the layer of tissue lies between the tendons and the skin. The diseased fascia can contract and pull the fingers into the palm of the hand. Ultimately damage to the joints, tendons and skin of the hand can occur.
Surgery to treat Dupuytren's disease is best performed before complications from contractures develop. Removal of the diseased fascia is simple in the early stages of the condition. In more advanced disease skin grafts and joint release procedures may be required.
Hand Therapy after surgery is important. It allows for the results of surgery to be maintained and uncomplicated by scar tissue. Hand therapy is available at the hospitals and clinics where this surgery is offered.