Dupuytren’s contracture repair is performed as one-day surgery. After a few hours of monitoring, you will be ready to leave the hospital. However, in case of a severe contracture, where the cords have been removed, 24 hour monitoring is recommended.
The bandage has to be changed on the next day, stitches removal takes place 10 days after surgery. Until then your hand should not come into contact with water.
After cord transcision, normal use of the operated hand can be resumed on the next day. In severe cases where cords have been removed, the hand should be spared until the wound heals. In both cases, a special hand and finger exercises are recommended for 3-4 weeks after surgery to facilitate recovery. The wound may remain swollen, sensitive and painful for a few days after surgery. Full recovery takes about 3-4 weeks after cord transcision, and 8-12 weeks after cord removal.