Getting surgery is a risk, but one that you may have to take, especially if you have Dupuytren’s contracture disease. It is possible to experience complications after Dupuytren’s contracture Surgery as the surgeons are dealing with a tissue near the nerves of your hand.
There is a risk of worsening the contractures, but your doctor will provide you with details of any risks before moving forward with surgery. Some risks include:
- Increased pain
- Damage to nerves/blood vessel
- Possibility of infection
- Loss of sensation of touch
Similarly, as your doctors notify you of the risks, they may also provide you with a recovery plan. After surgery, you are likely to experience pain, stiffness, and swelling. Your doctor will most likely instruct you to hold your hand above your heart and gently flex your fingers. This helps to reduce pain and swelling after surgery, aiding you in recovery. He or she may also recommend that you use a splint to provide support to your hand, and, at the same time, prevent you from overstretching your hand.
These post-surgery practices reduce further strain on your wound. This helps in healing and recovering quickly, thereby leading to better movement and flexibility in your affected hand. If you go to the doctor as soon as possible and listen to his or her recommendations, you can improve the state of your Dupuytren’s contracture.