Percutaneous fasciotomy for dupuytren's
What is Percutaneous fasciotomy?
Percutaneous fasciotomy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat Dupuytren's contracture, a condition that causes the fingers to curl inward due to thickening of the connective tissues.
What happens during percutaneous fasciotomy?
During the procedure, your hand and wrist consultant will insert a needle into the thickened tissue and the area is opened up to release the tension. This allows the fingers to regain full range of motion.
The finger is gently manipulated to a straight position and the hand and fingers are dressed until the wounds heal.
What is recovery from percutaneous fasciotomy like?
The wound is inspected within one week and a lightweight thermoplastic splint is fashioned by the hand therapist.
Hand therapy is begun immediately and patients are encouraged to regain full activity as soon as one week post procedure.
Recovery is usually rapid and pain is minimal, making this a popular treatment choice for dupuytren's contracture.