Dupuytren's Contracture Specialist

Harris S. Rose, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Precision Bone & Joint

Harris S. Rose, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Austin, TX

Thickened, bent fingers can be a sign of a treatable condition called Dupuytren’s contracture. If you think you have Dupuytren’s contracture, Dr. Harris Rose and the orthopaedic specialists at Precision Bone and Joint in Austin, Texas, can provide you with treatment options to help you regain use of your hand so you can get back to the activities you love. Find out how they can help by calling or booking a consultation online today. The office is just minutes from Cedar Park and Round Rock.

Dupuytren's Contracture

What is Dupuytren’s contracture?

Dupuytren’s contracture is a gradual abnormal thickening of tissue that causes your fingers to bend into your palm. This disease may feel uncomfortable, but generally isn’t painful. Occasionally, Dupuytren’s contracture causes thickening on top of your knuckles or creates lumps and cords on the soles of your feet.

Dupuytren’s contracture is caused by a specific genetic abnormality, and the condition tends to be found in families with northern European heritage. Dupuytren’s contracture is more common in men and people older than 40.

What are the symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture?

While each case is different, symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture generally include:

  • Lumps and pits in the palm
  • Bent fingers
  • Thick cords from the palm into one or more fingers, usually the ring or smaller fingers

In many cases, you may see symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture in both hands, but each hand can be affected differently.

How is Dupuytren’s contracture treated?

Because Dupuytren’s contracture progresses slowly, your practitioner at Precision Bone and Joint typically recommends monitoring you over time until it causes problems with hand function. Even if you have symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture, that doesn’t necessarily mean your condition will advance or get worse. If you have a lump that’s painful, steroid injections may provide you relief.

If your condition is more serious, and your fingers are bent to the point that you have trouble doing things with your hand, Dr. Harris Rose may recommend surgery to straighten your fingers. Some of the surgical options to help your condition are:

  • Needle aponeurotomy: this procedure is often performed at Precision Bone and Joint and offers a quick recovery time. After administering a local anesthetic, your doctor uses the needle as a surgical instrument to cut the cord that’s holding your finger in a bent position. Most needle aponeurotomy patients leave the office with straight fingers and recover in just a day or two.
  • Partial fasciectomy: involves making an incision in your hand and removing the contracted tissue. After surgery, you should be able to extend your fingers and use your hand again, although individual results may vary. Because a partial fasciectomy is open surgery, it requires a trip to the operating room and hand therapy afterward.

If you have Dupuytren’s contracture, and you’ve been searching for options to help you regain use of your hands, then look no further than the board-certified expertise of Dr. Harris Rose and Precision Bone and Joint. Call or book a consultation online today.

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