Treating Dupuytren's Contracture

Surgery is the only treatment for Dupuytren's contracture, a condition in which thick, scar-like tissue forms under the skin of the palm.

The surgeon will cut and separate the bands of thickened tissue, freeing the tendons and allowing the fingers to move better. The operation must be done precisely. The nerves that allow the hand and fingers to move and have sensation are often tightly wrapped in the abnormal tissue.

In some cases, skin grafts are also needed to replace tightened and puckered skin.

The results of the surgery will depend on the severity of the condition. You can usually expect significant improvement in function, particularly after physical therapy. The scar is usually thin and not particularly noticeable.