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Dupuytrens Fasciectomy Dupuytrens

This page is a brief guide to Dupuytren’s fasciectomy. If you have any questions or would like further information, speak to your GP or health professional.

Find out about Dupuytren’s disease

When one or more fingers curl up into the palm of the hand due to fibrous tissue contracting, this is known as a Dupuytren’s contracture and is caused by Dupuytren’s disease. This happens over a period of time and is the result of scar-like tissue forming just below the skin of the palm of the hand and the fingers.


Figure 1
Dupuytren’s contracture causing deformity of fingers

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About a Dupuytren’s fasciectomy

Surgery should allow you to use your hand more effectively and straighten your fingers.

Other options instead of surgery

A needle aponeurotomy performed by your surgeon may help, but it could also result in the contracture returning.

Radiotherapy can be offered as a treatment option at select centres.

A new treatment, which involves injecting a drug called collagenase into the bands of tissue, may be possible but its effectiveness is unclear.

Surgery is the most successful treatment for Dupuytren’s disease.

The surgery in detail

During the operation, your surgeon will either cut the fibrous band in the palm of your hand causing the contracture, or remove the affected skin and replace with skin grafts. A selection of anaesthetic techniques is available for a Dupuytren’s fasciectomy.

Post-surgical side effects – general

  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Pain
  • Scarring

Recovery Time

You should be able to go home the same day when you have Dupuytren’s fasciectomy.

Regular exercise should help you to resume normal activities as soon as possible, but seek advice from your GP or healthcare professional before starting to exercise.

Following the procedure, it may take a while for your hand to settle down.

In conclusion

You should gain better function in your hand and be able to straighten the affected fingers following Dupuytren’s fasciectomy.

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The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.