Dupuytren’s Disease

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Dupuytren’s Disease, also known as Dupuytren’s Contracture, is a hereditary hand deformity that causes tissue beneath the surface of the hand to thicken and contract, typically leading to lumps beneath the skin of the palm. These lumps or nodules, develop into hard cords or bands that extend into the fingers. The cords eventually contract, making it impossible for the fingers to extend.

Symptoms that may Require Dupuytren’s Disease Surgery

Dupuytren’s contracture commonly affects the pinky and ring finger and most often affects older men who are of North European descent. If you meet this criteria and are experiencing the following symptoms it may be necessary to contact your physician and discuss Dupuytren’s Disease surgery.

  • Thickening of the skin on the palm of the hand
  • Puckering or dimpling of the skin on the palm of the hand
  • A firm lump below the skin on the palm
  • Loss of flexibility in the hand and fingers

The Procedure

Surgery for Dupuytren’s Disease involves cutting the thick bands of tissue in the palm of the hand in order to restore proper finger motion. After the procedure, there will be some hand swelling and discomfort. Recovery time varies, but can typically take several months. While most patients are able to move their fingers better after the procedure, the condition returns in about 1 out of 5 people who undergo the surgery.


Most people who undergo surgery for Dupuytren’s Disease report that they are able to move their fingers better than they could before the procedure. However, Dupuytren’s Disease is a hereditary condition, and symptoms return in about one-quarter of patients who undergo the surgery.

For a consultation with Dr. Belek to discuss if surgery for Dupuytren’s Disease is right for you, call (415) 968-9652 or contact us here.