Anatomy

Dupuytren's contracture affects the palmar fascia, a reinforcing mesh that lies just beneath the skin of the palm. Dupuytren's causes this fascia to thicken and shrink, which pulls the fingers down into a bent position. Eventually, cords form that feel like strings under the skin.

When is the procedure recommended?

Dupuytren's contracture usually progresses slowly and may not become troublesome for years.

In some cases, corticosteroid injections can help relieve pain and prevent progression of the disease.

If the condition worsens, pain intensifies or hand function declines, a needle aponeurotomy may provide relief.

What is the recovery time?

Needle aponeurotomy is a minimally invasive procedure performed in the physician's office. Patients typically return to normal activities right away and should avoid strenuous gripping for one week