Dupuytren Contracture Institute Mission Statement

Purpose of the Dupuytren Contracture Institute

The primary mission of the Dupuytren Contracture Institute is to educate the suffering public about the therapeutic results of using Alternative Medicine Dupuytren treatment that are used to encourage a healing response against Dupuytrens contracture, so they may lead healthier, happier, and more normal and more productive lives.

Dupuytren contracture alters all aspects of living, and reduces the quality of life.

This objective will be achieved primarily by research and analysis of the available literature, and data collected from those clients who use our own synergistic methods and participate in our research projects. DCI will gather and monitor results of our clients’ response to their conservative alternative and complimentary medical treatment through statistical analysis. DCI will develop and advance valuable knowledge about Dupuytrens contracture, and therefore improve conservative treatment of this common disease.

Our mission is to explore and provide an alternative and complementary treatment option for contractures of fingers associated with  Dupuytren’s disease that will work within the medical mainstream. Our goal will be achieved by educating those with Dupuytren contracture about the many non-traditional treatment choices that are safe and supported by reasonable science, with potential to synergistically support and enhance the ability of their tissue to heal and repair to the best of their ability. Offering materials and products from well-established and reputable companies, and making them easily available at reasonable cost, all from one convenient location, advances our goal and benefits the quiet sufferers of Dupuytren’s contracture of hand.

The staff of DCI knows that Dupuytrens contracture is an extraordinary health problem and is therefore committed to delivering extraordinary caring, quality products and prompt service.

The normal and full use of your hand or hands can be taken from you through Dupuytrens contracture progression. Do all that you can, as early as you can, to allow your body the best opportunity to reverse this problem.

For ideas and suggestions to organize an effective Alternative Medicine treatment plan, click Start a Dupuytren Treatment Plan.

4 thoughts on “Dupuytren Contracture Institute Mission Statement

  1. Kristi McCloud says:

    I have been dx with Dupuytrens contracture and have one lump removed in my palm, only because the MRI didn’t definitively note it to be Dupuytrens. Since that surgery that hand has developed additional lumps and cords within less than 6 months of surgery. I also have it in the other hand. I am a nurse and am very concerned about the progression of this disease and how it will affect my ability to work.

  2. Dr. Herazy says:

    Greetings Kristi,

    If you look around the Dupuytren’s Contracture Institute (DCI) website you will find hundreds of comments and complaints from people like you about rapid recurrence of palm lumps after hand DC surgery.

    DCI keeps records about the people who come to this website after having hand surgery to remove DC palm lumps. On average, 70-80% of people report that they have recurrence — and worsening — of their Dupuytren’s contracture within 2.9 years after hand surgery. Approximately 10-15% of people report they have recurrence within 6-18 months after hand surgery. And 5-10% of people report they have recurrence within 5-10 years after hand surgery.

    The experience of DCI is that many people also report that they were never told, or were not told clearly or adequately, about the fact that all DC recurs after hand surgery. As a group, they feel that they were not warned that the hand surgery would give them very little relief from the problems of living with DC. Further, they all felt that the size and incapacitation they experienced with the second palm lump after their DC returned, was greater than the first or original DC palm lump. Lastly, no one has ever reported to DCI that they were happy or satisfied with the outcome of their Dupuytren’s contracture hand surgery. Anyone who was initially satisfied with the results of their hand surgery (within the first 1-3 months after surgery), was soon disappointed with the return or worsening of their problem (within 6-18 months after surgery).

    I am sorry for your situation. Your story is very familiar to me. Please be extremely cautious and skeptical if another surgeon suggests a second surgery to correct the problems of the first surgery or remove the recurring palm lumps. Second surgeries are notorious for making a bad situation worse, and causing even more and greater recurrences.

    Since 2002 we have received reports from 8-10 DCI customers who say they have moderate to marked improvement of their DC palm lump, for every one who reports no improvement. Pleaese consider a conservative DCI treatment option to see if your body can make some improvement in your Dupuytren’s contracture. TRH

  3. Shiley says:

    Just noticed a small lump on my left hand. Should I get a formal doctor’s exam before starting a DCI plan?

  4. Dr. Herazy says:

    Greetings Shirley,

    It is always a good idea to get a formal medical diagnosis. However, many people do not because they feel their palm contracture is so obvious.

    The possibility that small lump is Dupuytren’s contracture is high if a few factors are present. First, the lump is located on the palm near the base of the little, ring or middle finger. If you have a history of DC in your immediate family. Next, if you have had recent upper extremity surgery or trauma. Lastly, if you do heavy work with that hand.

    Please see a hand specialist or an orthopedic surgeon if you have any doubt it is Dupuytren’s contracture. The diagnosis of Dupuytren’s contracture is not that difficult. However, a doctor who is not familiar with this problem might not be accurate. If you are going to see a doctor about it, please see someone who deals with Dupuytren’s contracture frequently.

    Let me know if you have further questions. TRH

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