Dupuytren’s fasciectomy

Dupuytrens fasciectomy, or Palmar fasciectomy, is surgery to treat Dupuytren’s contracture, a condition that causes thickening of the skin on the palm of the hand.

Common questions

What is Dupuytren’s fasciectomy?

Dupuytrens fasciectomy is surgery to treat Dupuytren’s contracture, a condition that causes thickening of the skin on the palm of the hand and the gradual pulling of the fingers towards the palm.

Surgery corrects the local thickening of the skin in the palm of the hand or on a finger. It also corrects the fingers that have been pulled towards the palm of the hand. Sometimes both hands need to be treated

Why would I have a Dupuytren’s fasciectomy?

You may have this procedure if you have Dupuytren’s contracture, a condition that causes thickening of the skin on the palm of the hand and the gradual pulling of the fingers towards the palm.

What happens during a Dupuytren’s fasciectomy?

This procedure involves the surgical removal of the thickened tissue which connects the hand and fingers. The operation may be carried out under a general anaesthetic (so you’ll be asleep during surgery) or a local anaesthetic (so you won’t be able to feel any pain).

Depending on the severity of the condition, the procedure can be carried out in one of three different ways:

  • segmental fasciectomy – one or more small incisions are made in order to remove small segments of connective tissue
  • regional fasciectomy – a single, larger incision is made though which all the affected tissue is removed. This is the most commonly used procedure.
  • dermofasciectomy – the affected connective tissue is removed together with the overlying skin and the wound is covered with a skin graft (from another part of your body). This procedure will be used if the skin is also affected by the disease.
What should I expect after Dupuytren’s fasciectomy?

After the surgery the finger(s) will be straighter, but daily exercises may be needed to maintain the benefits of the surgery. Occasionally patients may also need to wear a splint for some time after surgery

You may have some pain or discomfort after the operation which we’ll help you manage with painkillers. You may need to take some time off work.

We’ll tell you how to care for your wound and, if you’ve had non-dissolvable stitches, we’ll make an appointment for you to have them removed. The scar may be tender for several weeks. You may be recommended some hand therapy to help you recover full movement in your finger. This may involve physiotherapy or occupational therapy.

Contact Benenden Hospital

It’s easy to make an appointment; you can ask your GP or give us a call on 01580 230661.