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Dupuytren’s Contracture in Houston, TX

Dr. Joseph Perlman offers Dupuytren’s contracture treatment to patients throughout Spring, Houston, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Conroe, Pasadena, Baytown, and the surrounding areas.

What Is Dupuytren’s Contracture?

The tissue under the skin of you palms and fingers is normally very flexible, allowing you to bend and move your hand freely. For some people, however, the tissue becomes abnormally thick and tight. The condition is known as “Dupuytren’s contracture.” As the tissue, or fascia, tightens, your fingers begin to curl. In the most severe cases of Dupuytren’s contracture, the hands become crippled and deformed.

How Do I Know If I Have Dupuytren’s Contracture?

Dupuytren’s contracture is caused by a biochemical disease that affects the tissues. Unlike other hand and wrist conditions, Dupuytren’s contracture is not caused by injuries or activities. Risk factors for Dupuytren’s contracture include moderate to severe alcohol consumption, diabetes, seizures, and smoking. The condition is typically hereditary. The first indication of Dupuytren’s contracture is typically small lumps that appear under the skin on the palm of your hand. When the lumps first appear, there may be mild tenderness. The tenderness typically resolves within a short period of time, but the lump does not disappear.

As the condition advances, your fingers begin to curl, and, eventually, you will not be able to straighten your fingers. The pinky and ring finger are the most frequently affected fingers. The condition may affect one or both hands. To determine if you have Dupuytren’s contracture, Dr. Perlman conducts a thorough examination of the palms of your hands. He may also ask you to move your fingers, hands, and wrists during the examination.

How Is Dupuytren’s Contracture Treated?

For mild to moderate cases of Dupuytren’s contracture, Dr. Perlman may recommend monitoring it without treatment. Severe cases, however, typically require medication and surgery to help alleviate the discomfort. Steroid injections and anti-inflammatory medications help control your discomfort. Surgery is intended to help you regain use of your hands and fingers. During the surgery, Dr. Perlman removes or cuts the thickened bands of tissue to help you regain mobility.

What Does Recovery Entail After Treatment for Dupuytren’s Contracture?

Recovery after your treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture depends on the extent of the damage caused by the condition. Post-surgical recovery typically requires physical therapy. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Perlman describes your course of treatment, including your recovery time.

What Are Dupuytren’s Contracture Treatment Costs?

Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre understands that healthcare is costly and that you want the highest quality of care at an affordable cost. Your quality of life is Dr. Perlman’s highest priority and we offer several payment and financing options to help you manage the cost of your Dupuytren’s contracture care. Dr. Perlman also offers finance options to all of our patients.

Dr. Perlman has 20 years’ experience in the treatment of all acute and reconstructive hand conditions. He has completed fellowships in Microsurgery and Hand Surgery and has a certificate for Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery from the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the Houston Hand Society, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and American Association of Hand Surgeons and has presented papers and taught instructional courses to other hand surgeons.

Dupuytren’s contracture can be a debilitating condition, and Dr. Perlman looks forward to working with you to help alleviate your symptoms. Call our office today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Perlman proudly serves men and women from Spring, Houston, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Conroe, Pasadena, and Baytown, as well as other nearby locations.

Dr. Joseph Perlman

At The Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre, Dr. Joseph Perlman offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Texas including Spring, Houston, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Conroe, Pasadena, and Baytown. Contact The Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre office today to schedule your Dupuytren’s contracture consultation!

Written by Doctor Perlman August 18, 2013