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Private Dupuytren’s contracture release in Kent

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Why choose Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham for your Dupuytren’s contracture release?

  • Quality of care and outcomes underpinned by ‘Good’ CQC rating
  • Highest levels of cleanliness and zero infection rates
  • Our customer service is second to none, with advice throughout the process
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Learn more about Dupuytren’s contracture release

What is a Dupuytren’s contracture?

Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition which affects the hands and fingers (but can also occur in feet) and happens when the connective tissue changes in the hand, and becomes thickened forming bands and cords.

What are the symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture?

Over time Dupuytren’s contracture can cause one or more fingers to bend towards the palm, and the connective tissues in the palm to thicken and cause a cord-like a rope in the palm. Similar cords/bands can also extend into the fingers.

  • It mainly affects the ring and little fingers
  • You can have it in both hands at the same time
  • It gets slowly worse over time
  • It begins with lumps or ridges on your palms
  • Eventually your fingers bend in towards the palm
  • It can affect other parts of your body in its more aggressive types
When should I seek treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture?

Dupuytren’s contracture has a profound effect on an individual’s ability to function. If you feel that your unable to straighten your fingers than you should seek advice from your GP.

What is Dupuytren’s contracture release surgery?

Surgical release is the most common form of treatment although other forms of treatment include needle release or injection. A surgical release involves removing the thickened bands, Dupuytren’s tissue (all or a part of it) and straightening the affected digit (finger). This is carried out mostly under general anaesthesia or a regional block.

Injection involves a drug called Xiapex. Xiapex is injected directly into the cord of connective tissue, dissolving it and allowing a doctor to manually straighten the affected digits. The injection does not need general or regional anaesthetic, but a local anaesthetic is applied for the manipulation.

The type of treatment you will receive will be decided after discussion with your consultant surgeon.

How long does Dupuytren’s contracture release take?

Surgical time varies according to complexity but usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes. Recovery times for surgery can take between four and 12 weeks and for a Xiapex injection it is typically a fortnight. Both methods are carried out as day surgery, which means you will go home on the day of your procedure and you do not need to stay in hospital overnight.

What happens after Dupuytren’s contracture release?

Both surgery and injection have good results, although in some cases over time the procedure may need to be repeated. For Xiapex, 92% of patients in the UK who have had the procedure say they were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘quite satisfied’ with the results but the re-occurrence rate at five years is higher for injection compared to a surgical release.

What are the risks and complications Dupuytren’s contracture release?

Risks are minimal. Potential risks are those related to all types of surgery including infection, nerve and blood vessel injury. Risks specific to this surgery is stiffness and reoccurrence.

Pre-operative assessment

A pre-operative assessment is our opportunity to ensure that the procedure for which you have been referred is right for you. We’ll explain your treatment to you and makes sure that you are well enough to go ahead with it. It is also your opportunity to meet the team who will care for you and to ask any questions.

We carry out all the necessary tests and examinations in one outpatient session. While this may take several hours, everything is done in one go to save frequent visits before surgery.

Find treatment near you

We have nine hospitals across England, from Derbyshire to Plymouth and from Bristol to Kent. All are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, so whichever Practice Plus Group Hospital you choose, you’ll receive the same high quality care.

Enquire about treatment at our Gillingham hospital or view all of our locations.

Payment options

How do I pay for my outpatient appointment?

A member of the Practice Plus Group team will take payment over the phone when they make the outpatient appointment booking for you.

How can I pay for my surgery?

You can pay for your surgery by debit card, credit card or through a bank transfer (BACS). We accept all major cards except American Express and Diners Club. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept payment by cheque.

When do I need to pay for my surgery?

We require payment in full to have been received at least seven days before the planned date of your surgery.

Can I pay using instalments?

Yes, there are a number of different loans available through our partner Chrysalis Medical Finance. You will need to have an agreement in place with Chrysalis Medical Finance two weeks before the planned date of your surgery.

Can the surgery be paid for through my Private Medical Insurance?

Please contact your private medical insurer to find out if your policy will cover the surgery that has been recommended and that it can take place at a Practice Plus Group hospital. Currently, we are unable to accept Bupa policyholders if they are making payment through their policy.

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