Hello Dr. Herazy, I have a question about dupuytrens treatment. I am a 51 yr old women who was just told the small lump in my hand is dupuytren’s contracture. I was told right now there is nothing that can be done because I can still put my hand down flat on a table. My husband found your site and wants me to start the treatment. Can I start the dupuytrens treatment at this early stage of the disease?
Will this keep the lump from getting larger and my fingers from curling?
Thank you for any information you can give me. Roseann
Sorry to hear of your hand problem.
From my experience in working with this form of natural Dupuytrens treatment for almost 11 years I can tell you that the earlier you start self-treatment, the better the results tend to be. All we are attempting to do is to support and reinforce the natural ability of the body to remove foreign tissue; an early start when the problem is as small as possible, makes most sense.
This concept is different from the standard medical approach your doctor is suggesting, because that approach is for radical removal of tissue. The standard medical model is based on the hand contracture being as advanced, debilitating and severe as possible before surgery, so that the surgery is not done too soon in the course of the disease. All surgeons know that the surgery is not a cure, and that Dupuytrens recurrence is inevitable after each surgery, no matter how well done. By waiting to do surgery as long as possible the number of recurrences is minimized.
Our concept is that if surgery can possibly be avoided by doing everything possible to help the hand lump heal with natural Dupuytrens treatment, then a real service has been provided. There is no way for me to tell you if this approach will work for you. I can tell you it has worked for many people, especially when started early in the progression of the contracture. I suggest to you that you use the largest and most aggressive therapy approach you can afford to apply for at least 2-3 months to see if your body is capable of making this Dupuytrens treatment work for you. If it helps you, look at what you have gained. If it does not help you, you will know you have at least tried to do something conservative before undergoing aggressive hand surgery.
Please let me know if I can help you in any way. TRH