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    Who on the forum is also suffering from this, and who has had the operation done?
    Had mine yesterday...need advice on recovery issues and what to be aware of.
    Must say I feel zero pain at his stage and in general feel totally healthy
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    Have had all mine done over about 20 years. No particular way to heal, just the usual, don't overdo things.
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    "Dupuytren's contracture can make it difficult to perform certain functions using your hand. Since the thumb and index finger aren't usually affected, many people don't have much inconvenience or disability with fine motor activities such as writing. But as Dupuytren's contracture progresses, it can limit your ability to fully open your hand, grasp large objects or to get your hand into narrow places."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    "Dupuytren's contracture can make it difficult to perform certain functions using your hand. Since the thumb and index finger aren't usually affected, many people don't have much inconvenience or disability with fine motor activities such as writing. But as Dupuytren's contracture progresses, it can limit your ability to fully open your hand, grasp large objects or to get your hand into narrow places."

    Hmmmmm

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    Yes, had both hands done. One in April 2016 and the other last year August. It is also known as Vikings disease. I believe the gene is traced back to the Vikings but some cases were found in bodies found in tombs in Egypt...

    I had almost no pain and did not drink any of the pain tablets prescribed. The recovery is frustrating and simple day to day tasks become a mission. I showered with a plastic bag over my hand held in place by an elastic band around my wrist. I went for physio after the 1st op but did my own thing last year. My hands are as strong as ever but closing them completely still feels "restricted". I can close them into a fist completely but it takes more effort than before the op.

    I was surprised that one only cover the wounds with gauze and bandages....nothing else....and when the skin started going black... I was a lot more relaxed the 2nd time around. Pics of the left and right hand. I will not post the rest - a bit gross....

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    Just phoned for an appointment yesterday to see the specialist.

    Kooskop did you have a general anesthetic or a block, and did they have to cut your like that?

    Looks a bit scary!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kooskop View Post
    Yes, had both hands done. One in April 2016 and the other last year August. It is also known as Vikings disease. I believe the gene is traced back to the Vikings but some cases were found in bodies found in tombs in Egypt...

    I had almost no pain and did not drink any of the pain tablets prescribed. The recovery is frustrating and simple day to day tasks become a mission. I showered with a plastic bag over my hand held in place by an elastic band around my wrist. I went for physio after the 1st op but did my own thing last year. My hands are as strong as ever but closing them completely still feels "restricted". I can close them into a fist completely but it takes more effort than before the op.

    I was surprised that one only cover the wounds with gauze and bandages....nothing else....and when the skin started going black... I was a lot more relaxed the 2nd time around. Pics of the left and right hand. I will not post the rest - a bit gross....

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    Why did your hand go black?

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    FIL had his done last week. Recovery going well
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    Had my left hand done a few years ago. Right hand may require later.
    It is passed down from our Viking heritag

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    one of our workers middel finger is bend that it nearly touches the palm and he is allso going for the op ,is it the same thing mention here ,but he keeps on working ,but looks very weird i must say

    by the way he is coloured and 58 years old so where the viking blood line ,,will find out about the blood line ,good chap.

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    My dad (one year short of 90) has one finger all the way into his palm. Sometimes he tapes the next door finger to that one with sticky tape. That apparently helps to straighten the crooked one a little. Doesn't seem to bother him, he even drives like that. We all know at that age other traffic won't bother him either
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onematch View Post
    Just phoned for an appointment yesterday to see the specialist.

    Kooskop did you have a general anesthetic or a block, and did they have to cut your like that?

    Looks a bit scary!!
    Rob, it depends how bad you have it. I had it in 3 fingers on both hands. Only the thumb and index finger was clear. It is best to catch it early for the best results. Mine just started but I was aware of the issues since my mom has the same problem. If you leave it until your fingers close up too close to your palm you will likely not be able to fix it 100%. Not to worry, it heals well.... See pic I just took of the one that was done in August.

    They cut zig zag and open up the skin on the palm completely to get to the nodules that formed under the skin. It is a very delicate op and mine was on ave 2 hours per hand so I do not see any other option other than general anesthetic. One wrong cut and you can lose the use of a finger. The aim is to remove all the nodules but there is no guarantee. It could come back later in life...

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    Why did your hand go black?
    New skin forms under the old cut skin and the old skin dies, goes black and eventually peels off. For the 1st week or so only the doctor changes the dressing. Thankfully thereafter you can do it yourself and you can wash it under clean running water while you shower. That is a good thing because it starts to smell.....
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    Who did you use to do the operation?

    Dr Duminy is Cape Town has been mentioned...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onematch View Post
    Who did you use to do the operation?

    Dr Duminy is Cape Town has been mentioned...
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    Had little finger, right hand and middle finger, left hand done 2 years ago, in Maritzburg. Wish Iíd had it done before the fingers bent double! Lost some flexibility and use and some numbness now in the middle finger but glad I had it done. Canít play the guitar now, but then I couldnít before!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevh View Post
    Had little finger, right hand and middle finger, left hand done 2 years ago, in Maritzburg. Wish Iíd had it done before the fingers bent double! Lost some flexibility and use and some numbness now in the middle finger but glad I had it done. Canít play the guitar now, but then I couldnít before!
    Ha ha....that's funny.... For a split second there I felt sorry for you .

    Yip, very important to have it done as soon as you start noticing it for the best results. It is actually such a common condition yet I knew nothing about it. My mom had it and even then I had no idea. It was only once I started noticing it and started doing some reading that I realised just how common it is, especially in Europe. I should also have had it done earlier...
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    'n foto van JAN VAN ZYL se finger ,sy pa is blank en van namibie en vanoggend toe vertel ek hom van die storie wat julle oor die vikings te se gehad het ,en hy was baie chaffed oor dit ,dit het sy dag gemaak hy is ook 58 jr oud
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kooskop View Post
    Yes, had both hands done. One in April 2016 and the other last year August. It is also known as Vikings disease. I believe the gene is traced back to the Vikings but some cases were found in bodies found in tombs in Egypt...

    I had almost no pain and did not drink any of the pain tablets prescribed. The recovery is frustrating and simple day to day tasks become a mission. I showered with a plastic bag over my hand held in place by an elastic band around my wrist. I went for physio after the 1st op but did my own thing last year. My hands are as strong as ever but closing them completely still feels "restricted". I can close them into a fist completely but it takes more effort than before the op.

    I was surprised that one only cover the wounds with gauze and bandages....nothing else....and when the skin started going black... I was a lot more relaxed the 2nd time around. Pics of the left and right hand. I will not post the rest - a bit gross....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    The mark of Zorro on both hands?
    Koos what aren't you telling us??
    Ha ha... I know what I AM telling you..... and that is that my name is not Koos...
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    Dupuytrin contraction can re-occur.

    Mine was rather bad and contractions were the pinky and ring finger.
    The surgeon did a good job as my hand was back to normal.
    Four years later the contracture was again evident so back to the theatre.

    After five years it is still perfect but now the other has started its shyte.

    I done some googling and it looks like there is some research to laser treatment.

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