Infection: fortunately infection in the hand is uncommon, but can still occur.
Scarring: there will be a scar, the extent and shape of this will depend on the nature of your disease.
Nerve or vessel injury: the Dupuytren’s tissue is often very closely associated with the neurovascu-lar bundle, and there is therefore a risk of damage to the nerve or artery. If a nerve is cut and repaired we expect about 70% return in function though there may still be some numbness along one side of the finger.
Stiffness: this can be a problem following this type of surgery and this is why it is important to continue with the exercises taught to you by the hand therapists.
Incomplete correction: it is sometimes not possible to correct a finger to fully straight, and some loss of correction may still occur after the surgery due to tightness within the joints.
Recurrence: it is not possible to cure Dupuytren’s and some degree of recurrence may occur, the extent of this and timing is unpredictable.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), which can lead to diffuse pain, stiffness and swell-ing can occur with any surgery. Taking vitamin C 500mg to 1000mg for 2 days before and 50 days after the operation may help prevent this.