My Dupuytren’s is making daily tasks difficult

Dupuytren’s is not an uncommon condition. It is estimated that up to 2 million people in the UK have the disease, although not all will have the contracture, and many of those won’t be adversely affected by it. Dupuytren’s is a benign condition affecting hands and fingers, typically the ring and little fingers. The connective tissues in the palm slowly thicken, forming fibrous bands (cords) and small lumps (nodules). Gradually, the nodules can shorten the connective tissue, resulting in one or more fingers unable to extend fully, thereby assuming a fixed bent position. As deformity increases, so does functional disability. Daily tasks can become frustratingly arduous – and it is usually at this point that Dupuytren’s sufferers turn to specialists such as Milton Keynes-based hand surgeon Mr Sudip Ghosh.

What are my options?

There are several treatments options for Dupuytren’s contracture including radiation therapy, collagenase injections, and needle fasciotomy, a minor surgical procedure. In same cases, more invasive surgery may be appropriate. Mr Sudip Ghosh offers a range of treatment options at his clinics in Milton Keynes and elsewhere in Buckinghamshire; he will assess the severity of your condition during a consultation and advise you on all options available to you.

Are there any gadgets that can make life easier day to day?

With reduced mobility in the fingers, gripping can become not only difficult but also painful. There are many gadgets on the market – often designed with arthritis sufferers in mind – that may help with the daily tasks most of us take for granted. For example, easy grip tools and cutlery and aids for opening jars and bottles can reduce frustration in the kitchen, and steering wheel grips can make driving more comfortable. You can even get grips for your mobile phone.

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