Depuytrens contraction

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Depuytrens contraction

Postby RodWatts » 20 Nov 2017, 7:01pm

I’ve got it quite badly in two fingers and have an appointment at my local hospital ( Kingston) next month for a consultation with a hand specialist.
I’ve heard there’s possibly an injection you can have instead of the surgery. ( thanks to Doc Martin for the heads up!)
Has anyone any experience of said injection and is it any good.

PS the good thing about the depuytrens contraction of ones fingers is that one has a fantastic grip on the handlebars, hard to let go....
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Re: Depuytrens contraction

Postby pga » 11 Dec 2017, 7:41pm

Do not dismiss surgery. I had a successful operation on one finger several years ago and it has been fine since. I also had a successful carpel tunnel operation a few years before that. Two different surgeons from Milton Keynes Hospital but with good results from both. Apart from occasional numbness from poor road surfaces I ride about 100 miles a week without any trouble.

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Re: Depuytrens contraction

Postby bikepacker » 12 Dec 2017, 11:45am

For about 6 years I have had it in my little finger on my right hand and my index finger on my left hand. All the advice I have been given is not to have surgery or injections as both have recovery problems. After the Doc Martin episode was shown to me I contacted my doctor on a telephone consultation and she said such a procedure would never be carried out in a doctors surgery. She also reiterated her previous advice to leave alone unless they become much worse.
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Re: Depuytrens contraction

Postby RichK » 15 Dec 2017, 12:06am

I was told about 5 years ago the options are injection or surgery. As it hasn't become a problem (its only my little finger of right hand) I haven't proceeded further with either (yet) but may do soon as it's gotten a lot worse this past year.

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Re: Depuytrens contraction

Postby TooManyBikes » 14 Jan 2018, 2:13pm

I have this in one finger particularly, but now starting very slightly in another, had a steroid injection in the 'lumpy bit' of my rather bent little finger, (the inside of the finger below the knuckle joint) this was supposed to soften or relax the tightened tissue and allow the finger to straighten.
It did absolutely nothing in my case, but apparently works for some.
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Re: Depuytrens contraction

Postby PhilD28 » 26 Jan 2018, 8:56am

Get your gp to refer you to the Pulvertaft hand clinic in Derby, it’s part of the hospital and they specialise in this condition. Surgery is the gold standard and if you are lucky and get mr Bainbridge you will be in the care of one of the best.

I had my little finger done, took about 30 minutes, 6 years ago and no sign of any recurrence. Highly recommended.