This is the recommended surgery for treating Dupuytren's contracture which causes the progressive closure of the hand in cases in which other non-surgical treatments have not proven effective.
The surgeon will make an incision at the affected tendons to cut them and remove the fibrous tissue.
The procedure usually takes around an hour and it is carried out with local anaesthetic and does not require hospitalisation.
In around half the cases, the disease reappears after a few years.
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE:
Patients should undergo a preliminary test to evaluate the specific characteristics of their intervention.
Furthermore, they must undergo a standard preoperative study that includes blood tests, electrocardiogram, etc.
Also, if they have any chronic illness or regularly take medications, especially anticoagulants, they should inform the surgeon before surgery.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
Patients will keep on a bandage or splint on the wrist for around two weeks until the wounds have healed. They must then follow a rehabilitation programme to improve the effects of the surgery and speed up recovery.