The surgical procedure is followed by a follow-up treatment, the effectiveness of which requires the active cooperation of the patient.
Dupuytren’s contracture repair is performed as one-day surgery. After a few hours of monitoring, you will be ready to leave the hospital. However, in case of a severe contracture, where the cords have been removed, 24 hour monitoring is recommended.
The bandage has to be changed on the next day, suture collection takes place 10 days after surgery. Until then, your hand should not come into contact with water.
After cord transcision, normal use of the operated hand can be resumed on the next day, while in case of cord removal, or major surgery, you have to wait for the wound to heal completely. After three to four weeks, the patient can start exercising their hands to achieve the best possible functional result.
In both cases, special hand and finger exercises are recommended for 3-4 weeks after surgery to facilitate recovery.