Expert Treatment for Dupuytren's Contracture in Thousand Oaks

Dupuytren's contracture is a medical condition that affects the hands and fingers. It is a type of hand deformity that causes the tissues in your palm to become abnormally thick, which can eventually cause the fingers to curl inward.  This can make it difficult to straighten your fingers, greatly limiting the function and range of motion of your hand. If you believe that you’re suffering from Dupuytren’s contracture, it’s important to receive treatment early to avoid the worst of the symptoms and maintain full use of your hand. At Elevate Plastic Surgery, Dr. Rahgozar offers comprehensive treatment for this frustrating condition.

What Is Dupuytren's Contracture?

Dupuytren's Contracture is a condition that causes the tissue beneath the skin of the palm to thicken and form nodules. These nodules can eventually develop into cords that pull the fingers inward, making it difficult to straighten them. This condition most commonly affects the ring and little fingers, but it can also affect the middle finger.

Dupuytren's Contracture is more common in men than women and usually affects people over the age of 50. It is also more common in people of Northern European descent. While the exact cause of Dupuytren's Contracture is unknown, there are some risk factors that may increase your chances of developing the condition.

These include the following:

  • Family history of Dupuytren's contracture
  • Age
  • Gender (male)
  • Northern European descent
  • Diabetes
  • Alcoholism
  • Smoking
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Symptoms of Dupuytren's Contracture

If you have Dupuytren's Contracture, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Nodules or lumps on your palms
  • Thickening of the skin
  • Cords or bands of tissue
  • Finger contractures

Dupuytren's Contracture usually affects the ring and little fingers first, but it can eventually affect all fingers. The disease progresses slowly and may not cause any significant problems for many years. However, if left untreated, it can eventually lead to permanent disability. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's important to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Common Treatments for Dupuytren's Contracture

If you have been diagnosed with Dupuytren's Contracture, there are several treatment options available to you. When you sit down for a private consultation with Dr. Rahgozar, he’ll evaluate the severity of your condition and ask you about the symptoms you’ve experienced. With this info, he’ll be able to advise you on an ideal treatment plan, which may include the following treatments:

Non-Surgical Treatments

If you’re still in the early stages of Dupuytren’s contracture, Dr. Rahgozar may recommend one or more of the following non-surgical treatments:

  • Physical Therapy - Exercises and stretches can help improve hand function and slow the progression of the disease.
  • Collagenase Injections - This involves injecting an enzyme that breaks down the cords of tissue causing the contracture. This can help break up the cords and possibly avoid the need for surgery.

Surgical Treatments

In some cases, surgery is required to alleviate the symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture. Typically, the operation will utilize one of the following surgical techniques:

  • Fasciectomy - This involves removing the affected tissue in the hand and fingers. It is the most common surgical treatment for Dupuytren's Contracture. This procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation.
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Recovering After Surgery for Dupuytren's Contracture

The specifics of your recovery after undergoing surgery for Dupuytren’s contracture will depend on the extent of the procedure and the specific technique that’s used. Dr. Rahgozar will give you detailed instructions for the recovery process to ensure that you heal properly and achieve optimal results. These instructions may include the following:

Rest and Elevate Your Hand

It’s important to rest your hand and keep it elevated above your heart for the first few days after surgery. This will help reduce swelling and promote healing. You may also be advised to wear a splint or cast to keep your hand in a specific position.

Take Pain Medication as Prescribed

You may experience some pain or discomfort after surgery. Dr. Rahgozar will prescribe pain medication to help manage this. It’s important to take the medication as directed to ensure you are comfortable during your recovery.

Follow Your Physical Therapy Plan

Physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process after Dupuytren's contracture surgery. Dr. Rahgozar will likely recommend a physical therapy plan to help you regain strength and mobility in your hand. It’s important to follow this plan and attend all scheduled appointments.

Avoid Strenuous Activities

You should avoid any strenuous activities or heavy lifting for several weeks after surgery.

This will help prevent any damage to the surgical site and promote healing.

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Why Choose Elevate Plastic Surgery for Dupuytren’s Contracture Treatment in Thousand Oaks?

When you go with Elevate Plastic Surgery for Dupuytren’s contracture treatment in Thousand Oaks, you’ll be under the expert care of Dr. Paymon Rahgozar and our dedicated team of practitioners. Dr. Rahgozar is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon and hand specialist renowned for his precision, attention to detail, and warm bedside manner. He believes in compassionate, patient-centered care that always puts the unique needs of the individual first. He and the rest of our team will go the extra mile to keep you comfortable, deliver personalized care, and provide you with the guidance and support that you need throughout the treatment process. To schedule your initial consultation, simply reach out to our office today.

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