Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital is now pleased to be able to offer a non-surgical outpatient treatment for Dupuytren’s Contracture.
Dupuytren's Contracture appears to run in families and is more common in those over the age between 40, with 80% of those with the condition aged between 40 and 70*. It is caused by the development of lumps, called nodules, in the connective tissue of the hand. These nodules can progressiely tighten this tissue causing the fingers to curl. While symptoms are often mild, they can become steadily worse over time.
A new non-surgical treatment for Dupuytren's Conracture is now available to suitable patients at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital and it has been shown to be an effective way to breakdown the contracture that causes the fingers to curl.
The newly licenced medication is administered directly to the affected hand during an outpatient appointment. The hand is then wrapped in a bandage and left for 24 hours to allow the medication to break down the contracted tissue, during which time the patient is free to return home. The next day the patient returns to the outpatient clinic where the consultant will remove the bandage and then manipulate the hand under local anaesthetic.
Following the second appointment patients can return to work and/or to driving as soon as any significant bruising or swelling settles, usually within about 10-days. Click here to read more on this new procedure.
*Information taken from NHS Choices Website