Dupuytren’s disease: how will I know if I have it?

Written by: Mr Kunal Hinduja
Published: | Updated: 05/09/2023
Edited by: Conor Lynch

In one of our latest articles here, revered orthopaedic hand and wrist surgeon, Mr Kunal Hinduja, explains what Dupuytren’s disease is, and reveals the condition’s main causes and how it is most effectively treated.

What is Dupuytren’s disease?

Dupuytren’s disease is a common condition that affects close to two million people in the UK. The condition can cause one or more fingers to bend towards the palm. The condition eventually leads to patients no longer being able to fully straighten their affected finger(s).


What are the main causes of Dupuytren’s disease?

The disease occurs when the layer of connective tissue under the skin of the palm becomes thicker and less flexible, causing small nodules to form. These nodules can make it extremely difficult for your fingers to straighten.


The main associated risk factors include:  


  • family history
  • smoking
  • excessive alcohol consumption
  • having diabetes or epilepsy


How will I know if I have Dupuytren’s disease?

Early warning signs of the disease include lumps, dimples, or ridges that begin to appear on the palm of the patient’s hand. Another warning signing can typically present itself in the patient finding that they are struggling to put their hand down flat.


How is it treated?

Treatment depends on the severity of the patient’s specific case of Dupuytren’s disease. The three main treatment options include the following:



What is recovery time like?

Recovery time is normally anywhere between four to 12 weeks, depending on the severity of the finger condition. In the majority of cases, surgery is the most effective form of treatment. Risks with surgery for Dupuytren's disease can include bleeding, numbness, and a chance of infection.


Mr Kunal Hinduja is a highly reputable orthopaedic hand and wrist surgeon who specialises in Dupuytren’s disease. If you would like to book an appointment with him, you can do just that today via his Top Doctors profile

By Mr Kunal Hinduja
Orthopaedic surgery

Mr Kunal Hinduja is a highly-experienced and respected orthopaedic hand and wrist surgeon based in Greater Manchester, Stockport and London, who specialises in carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's contracture and trigger finger alongside osteoarthritis and hand and wrist fractures. He privately practises at The Highfield Hospital, The Alexandra Hospital and Prime Health Manchester as well as Ten Harley Street Medical Consulting Rooms, Harley Street, London and Wilmslow Hospital. His NHS base is Stepping Hill Hospital for Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. 

Mr Hinduja offers skilled and quality care, providing the latest clinical hand and wrist surgery advice, practise and treatment to patients throughout Manchester and the north west of England. He's committed to working with patients on every step of their treatment journey, from their initial consultation to examination, treatment and aftercare. 

Mr Hinduja has an impressive educational history, with MB ChB from the University of Manchester and an ​MSc in Orthopaedic Engineering from the University of Liverpool (2008), as well as an MRCS and FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons. He also undertook two international fellowships, including one at the SS Institute of Orthopaedic Trauma in Mangalore, India.   

Mr Hinduja takes a keen interest in teaching, he is the lead clinician for hand surgery teaching in the north west and also mentors medical school students at various stages in their educational careers. His work is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and he is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences.

He is a member of various respected professional organisations including the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS), British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) and Manchester Medical Society (MMS) alongside the British Trauma Society (BTS), British Hand Society (BHS) and the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS, FRCS).  In addition to his surgical work, Mr Hinduja acts as an expert witness in medical negligence cases and provides medico-legal reports for both claimants and defendants.

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