Dupuytren’s Contracture Treated in Houston, TX, by Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas
Dupuytren’s contracture is one of the many hand conditions that can be treated by the experienced physicians at Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas in Houston. This condition develops over time and is characterized by the development of small bumps, or nodules, that form in the palm of the hand and eventually give the skin a pitted look. Early on, these extra tissue fibers in the palm are minor and painless. However, over time, the tissue can tighten into knots and pull one or more fingers (usually the ring and/or pinky finger) into a bent position and prevent them from being straightened completely.
While the exact cause of Dupuytren’s contracture is unknown, some known risk factors include:
- Being male and over age 50
- Northern European descent
- A family history of the disease
- Tobacco use
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- A prior hand injury
When symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture begin to interfere with daily activity, several options are available to correct the problem. At Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas, we offer innovative treatment options like needle aponeurotomy. Unlike traditional, invasive surgery, which removes the affected cords from the hands, our minimally invasive needle aponeurotomy technique weakens the cords to relieve the tension. Instead of dealing with complicated and lengthy recoveries that include physical therapy, most patients who undergo this outpatient procedure at our offices in Houston, TX, enjoy short recovery times without the need for physical therapy. Other options include injection of an enzyme called collagenase (brand name Xiaflex) that can dissolve the cords, as well as minimally invasive and traditional open procedures. All cases are different and each patient should have a consultation as to what’s the best choice for them.
The board-certified and/or fellowship-trained physicians at Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas are dedicated to the accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of a wide range of hand conditions. We even offer same-day appointments and walk-in treatment services for patients of all ages, so if you are experiencing symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture, contact us today. You can also visit one of our offices in Houston, TX, to meet with one of our experienced hand surgeons.