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FAQ - Dupuytren'S Contracture
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What specialist surgeon does the dupuytren`s contracture operation?


Orthopaedic surgeon or plastic surgeon.  (+ info)

What are the risks of surgery for Dupuytren's contracture and what is the likelihood of things going wrong?


I have the condition and do not yet need surgery. I'm stretching my hand everyday to delay the onset but sooner or later I may need surgery.

I heard that someone had a botched operation and had to have their finger amputated. This was probably just scaremongering. What are the real risks? Anyone out there had the operation?

Thanks
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Has anyone ever heard of anything natural, or alternative medicine that helps DUPUYTREN'S CONTRACTURE?


This is sometimes called "trigger finger" and most doctors claim their is no cure, and that minor hand surgery can help problem but it will probably come back again.
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Try Vtamin E and topical DMSO. Just be careful if you do use DMSO as it takes anything that it comes into contact with through the skin so be careful.
refs:
http://www.peacehealth.org/kbase/cam/hn-1205001.htm
http://www.jacoblab.com/Studies.htm

Dupuytren's contracture is a fibrotic disease, characterised by scar tissue. You could try anti-fibrotic herbs such as the chinese herbs Angelica sinensis and Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza) and also the herb Milk thistle.

There are also enzymes such as serrapeptase and nattokinase and bromelain that might help.
Read this also:
http://www.dupuytrens-contracture.com/dupuytrens-treatment-plan.html
You can make up your own treatment plan along these lines but I would also take at least one anti-fibrotic herb...if you are not on anti-fibrotic medication such as colchicine. Talk to your doctor first before taking herbs if you are on medication because of a risk of interactions.

I would also take MSM (organic sulphur) as it is reputed to have anti-scarring properties along with vitamin E and C taken internally.

I would also browse Dupuytren's forums to see what has been tried and tested by others and deemed to help. Such as these:
http://www.dupuytren-online.info/Forum_English/board/forum-archive-1-information-about-dmso-treatment-for-dupuytren-3_1152.html
http://www.biospecifics.com/DNForum/default.aspx?f=5

Best wishes.  (+ info)

Has anyone had needle aponeurotomy for Dupuytren's contracture?


How sucessful? Recurrence of the cord? Painful? Was it PIP or MP joint?
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I have not had needle aponeurotomy for my Dupuytren's contracture.
However, I investigated the procedure and then asked my rheumatologist whether it was a good option, since now I am treated with a small injection of cortisone in the palm of my hand just below the finger from which the tendon extends that is giving me major pain & problems.
He said he would never use the method on his patients because it causes scar tissue to form and recurrence of the cord.
So I do not consider it a viable alternative for me.

Recently my rheumatologist bought a portable ultrasound unit that he uses to guide the needle directly to the area around the tendon that he will inject the cortisone into.
He uses the "freezing the skin" method for most patients, but I prefer he inject me with a bit of lidocaine about two minutes before he starts the cortisone shot, and I don't feel a thing and can even drive myself home without pain.  (+ info)

How common is Dupuytren's Contracture?


a disease causing an abnormal thickening of the tissue between the skin and the tendons in the palm and may limit movement of one or more fingers
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Dupuytren's contracture is an abnormal thickening of tough tissue (fibrous layer) underneath the skin of the palm and fingers. It is the thickening of this tissue that can cause the fingers to curl. Dupuytren's contracture is more common in men than in women. The cause of Dupuytren's contracture is not known. It is not caused by an injury. It is not a cancer. There is no way to stop or cure the problem. It is not dangerous. Dupuytren's contracture usually progresses very slowly and may not be troublesome for years. If a painful lump is present, an injection may help diminish the pain. Surgery is recommended when the inability to straighten the fingers significantly limits hand function. Surgery for Dupuytren's contracture divides or removes the thickened bands to help restore finger motion. Sometimes the wound is left open and allowed to heal gradually. Skin grafting may sometimes be needed. Risks of surgery include injury to nerves and blood vessels and infection. Some swelling and soreness are expected, but severe problems are rare. Duypuytren's contracture is the most common simple genetic trait that has yet to be genetically mapped. Although its cause is not completely understood, it is believed that the disease results from a defect in the body's normal wound healing response. Understanding its genetic origins therefore, will likely provide insights into a host of other similarly characterized diseases
I add a link with details of this subject

http://www.rsi.org.uk/
pdf/dupuytrens_
contracture.pdf

Hope this helps
matador 89  (+ info)

Has anyone had surgery for Dupuytren's contracture?


I hope you can help me with a few queries.

How bad was your condition before surgery and how long did your hand take to recover?

Were there side effects of the surgery like loss of motility in the fingers?

Did it reoccur?

Thanks
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I know someone who did but it didn't work  (+ info)

Does anyone have "Dupuytren's Contracture"? Have you had to have surgery yet?


Is it a painful surgery?
No I am not having this procedure done at this time but I do have this disease and will have to have it done sooner or later. That is why I was wondering if anyone has had the surgery done and how it was.
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surgery is only effcetive treatment,,,its not painfull....  (+ info)

do I have dupuytren contracture?


....or could it be something else? I'm worried, I have a nodule in the palm of my hand. I've read that the younger you are the more serious it is. I'm 36.
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What causes Dupuytren's contracture?


It is a thickening of deep tissue which passes form the palm into the fingers. Shortening of this tissue causes "bands" which pull the fingers into the palm. The cause of this is unknown but it tends to run in families and may affect those with viking ancestry!! The condition is progressive and the only treatment is surgery.  (+ info)

Dupuytren's Contracture curable in India?


My father is suffering from the above-mentioned disease.
You can get more information from the website- www.dupuytren-online.info
Is the disease curable in India?
NA (needle aponevrotomy (needle aponeurotomy or NA) procedure has been developed in France. Is there any doctor in India, trained in France who can treat my father?
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U may, kindly, consult Dr.S.C.Madan,MBBS.,FRCS{UK},MNC Homoeo {USA} the author of " HOMOEOPATHY CURES WHERE ALLOPATHY FAILS ", @ DELHI ON ph.nO.011-29223344
with best compliments from www.saioam.com  (+ info)

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