A non-surgical outpatient treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture

June 2012

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

What should I do next?

Insured Patients
Simply visit your GP and ask them to refer you to one of our consultants. Your GP will write a letter of referral and then you can contact us on 01223 266 990 to arrange your first out-patient appointment. Please check with your insurer that the treatment will be covered under your policy.

Self Pay Patients
For self-pay treatments, simply call us on 01223 266 929 to request a guide price or to discuss your personal situation.

Our consultants offering non-surgical treatment for Dupuytren's

The consultants who will be able to carry out the procedure are Mr Gillespie, Mr Grant and Mr Phillip Johnston. The consultants offering this service are trained in the administration of this new non-surgical treatment for Dupuytren's contracture.

Watch a video on non-surgical treatment for Dupuytren's

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  • For self pay treatment enquiries please call
    01223 266929
  • For all other enquiries please call the hospital on 01223 266900
  • To make an out patient appointment please call 01223 266990

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About the consultants offering the service

Mr Ian Grant, Mr Patrick Gillespie and Mr Phillip Johnston are all Consultant Hand Surgeons based in Cambridge. They are experienced in all the techniques, surgical and non-surgical, used to treat Dupuytren's Disease and will discuss the treatments that best suit your individual case.

Click here to read more about Mr Gillespie

Click here to read more about Mr Grant

Click here to read more about Mr Johnston

Further information on treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture

Click here to read more

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