Dupuytren's Contracture Release in Bethesda, MD

Dupuytren's contracture is a condition stemming from Dupuytren's disease in which your fingers pull inward toward the palm, interfering with everyday function of the hand. The contracture occurs when the fascia, the tissue beneath the skin in the palm and fingers, starts to thicken, eventually causing tightness. Treatment of Dupuytren's contracture focuses on regaining the range of motion for the fingers and decreasing the progression of the disease.

We offer high-quality treatment for Dupuytren's disease in Bethesda, MD. Cortisone steroid injection and splinting are two nonsurgical treatments often used to treat Dupuytren's contracture. If these treatments do not lead to relief, surgery is the next step. We can perform this surgery for you to increase the range of motion in your hand.

While Dupuytren's disease does not have a cure, surgery provides a way to regain hand function. When you undergo Dupuytren's contracture surgery with OrthoBethesda, you'll gain access to a team dedicated to offering the best possible care and assisting you on the way to recovery. We accept referrals from other primary physicians and are eager to work with you to address your Dupuytren's contracture.

Symptoms of Dupuytren's Disease

Signs that you may have Dupuytren's disease include:

  • Nodules developing on your palm, which can also result in pitting on the palm
  • Fingers and thumbs remaining bent all the time
  • Difficulty straightening digits

The slow progression of Dupuytren's contracture means it could be years between when symptoms first appear and when you get them treated. The condition is generally not painful, though the nodules on your palm can hurt.

What Happens During Dupuytren's Contracture Treatment?

We use two main procedures to treat Dupuytren's contracture. In one, we divide the cords of the fascia to decrease the thickness. In the other, the abnormal tissue is excised from your hand through a zig-zag incision. After surgery, you may require physical therapy to regain normal function of your hand. We may also put the hand in a splint to limit initial mobility as you heal.

Post-surgery, your hand may swell and become stiff, but this issue should subside quickly. It may take time to regain flexion of your fingers.

Why Choose OrthoBethesda for Surgical Release of Dupuytren's Contracture?

OrthoBethesda cares deeply about our patients and the outcomes of their surgeries. Our goal is to improve the way your hand functions and help you improve your quality of life, which may have suffered during your experience with Dupuytren's contracture.

Our physicians and the rest of our team will talk to you using simple language to explain what's going on during the surgery and how it will help. We encourage questions and will work with you to put you at ease before surgery. We understand how difficult it can be to undergo surgery, and we want to help you feel calm and ready.

Contact Us for More Information on Dupuytren's Contracture Release

We provide outstanding orthopedic treatment for a range of conditions at our Bethesda, MD, and Arlington, VA, offices. We specialize in musculoskeletal ailments, with a spectrum of care spanning the extremities. Contact us today by calling (301) 530-1010 to set up an appointment.

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  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand - ASSH
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - AAOS
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
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