Dupytren's Contracture

The Hand Center

Kelley Wear, MD

ABS Certified Hand and Wrist Surgeon located in Broomfield, CO & Thorton, CO

Dupuytren's contracture is a condition that progresses slowly, causing your fingers to become contracted in a bent position that can affect your everyday life. Kelley Wear, MD, at The Hand Center in Broomfield and Thornton, Colorado, is a specialist in Dupuytren's contracture and provides treatment to help improve hand mobility. Call today or schedule a consultation using the online booking button.

Dupytren's Contracture Q & A

What is Dupuytren’s contracture?

Dupuytren's contracture is a deformity of the hand characterized by the development of masses or cords that form under your skin that pull your fingers downward. Sometimes, it can cause the fingers to contract into a bent position that can’t be straightened. It most often affects that ring and pinky finger and tends to affect men more than women.

Not being able to fully straighten your fingers can affect everyday activities, such as putting on gloves or washing your hands. Dr. Wear provides treatments that help reduce symptoms and restore your ability to straighten your fingers

Doctors are still investigating the exact cause of Dupuytren’s contracture, but certain risk factors, such as age, gender, and family history, may play a role in the development of the hand deformity. There’s no evidence that an injury or job choice increases your risk of Dupuytren’s contracture.

What are the symptoms of Dupuytren's contracture?

Dupuytren’s contracture is a progressive disease that develops slowly over time. Initially, you may notice thickening of your skin on the palm of your hand, leading to the development of firm lumps. You may also experience some discomfort at the site of the lump

If the disease progresses, cords of tissue begin to form and extend into your fingers, tighten, and pull them into a bent position. You may experience the contractures in both of your hands, although one hand is usually affected more than the other.

How is Dupuytren's contracture treated?

Dr. Wear develops individualized treatment plans for the management of Dupuytren’s contracture based on the severity of your symptoms. If your symptoms are mild and don’t affect your ability to do everyday tasks, Dr. Wear may have you come in periodically for monitoring.

If your contractures affect your quality of life, Dr. Wear may recommend injections or surgery.

Injections

Dr. Wear may recommend injecting a special enzyme into the tight cord to soften it and allow more movement.

Surgery

If your hand is severely contracted, Dr. Wear may perform surgery to remove the cord and affected tissue so that you can extend all of your fingers normally.

For expert treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture, call The Hand Center or schedule an appointment online.