Dupuytren’s contracture is an abnormal curling of the fingers. It is a genetically inherited condition with varying degrees of severity. Connective tissues under the skin of the palm and fingers become diseased and thick, forming nodules and cords. The abnormal position of the fingers may interfere with activities such as golf, tennis, and bicycle or motorcycle riding or even with basic gestures such as shaking hands, laying hands flat on a tabletop, and putting hands in pockets.
Dupuytren’s contracture can be treated effectively with Xiaflex injection or with surgery called palmar and digital fasciectomy. Xiaflex injection is minimally invasive and non-surgical with a short recovery time. Palmar and digital fasciectomy is a complete surgical removal of all the diseased tissues, offering lower rates of recurrence. Dr. Liu is skilled with both treatments and will discuss the risks and benefits to help patients choose the most appropriate option. Most patients can expect to regain near normal movement of the affected fingers.