When you come in for the surgery you will be assessed by the anaesthetist. The procedure and possible risks will once again be explained to you before you are asked to sign a consent form to agreed to proceed with surgery. The position of the cuts and any possible need for skin graft will also be discussed with you before the operation.
This operation is normally performed under a general anaesthetic which means you would be asleep during the procedure, but can also be performed using an arm block and this is something you can discuss with the anaesthetist before your operation.
The need for splint after the operation will be determined by the type of contracture that you have and this will be discussed with you before the operation. Following Dupuytren’s surgery you will require hand therapy to regain the full use of your hand and also to maintain the correction achieved during surgery.
The recovery from Dupuytren’s surgery can take several weeks or even months. You should be expecting to use splints for 4 to 6 weeks and you will have to keep doing the exercises taught to you by the hand therapists for several months to maintain a good function. Most people can return to driving after about three or four weeks and returned to sporting activities such as tennis and golf after about six weeks.