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Dupuytren's Disease

Dupuytren's Disease Doctor

I am a firm believer in a trial of conservative (non-operative) care prior to proceeding with a surgical procedure. Non-surgical options for Dupuytren's disease could include splints, therapy, and range of motion exercises.

Dupuytren's left Steve from Acton's little finger curled into a tight "C" for 30 years. After seeing Dr. Cohen, he says "As far as recommending (Dr. Cohen) for Dupuytren's contracture, I would go to the mat for this guy." Read 100's of testimonials.

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Dr. Cohen has extensive experience with people with Dupuytren's. Click on each category below for more information. Feel free to contact us to be seen by Dr. Cohen. We are easily accessible to patients off the 101 freeway in Westlake Village.

Dupuytren's disease (also called Dupuytren's contracture, Morbus Dupuytren, or palmar fibromatosis) is a slow developing, usually painless, connective tissue disorder affecting the hand. It causes a thickening and shortening of the tissue beneath the skin on the palm of the hand. Eventually this can result in one or more of the fingers being pulled toward the palm, making it difficult or impossible to extend the fingers. Its cause is not known, although heredity can play a role. It occurs more often in men than women.

In the early stages you may see or feel a small lump in the palm of the hand, usually near the fingers. As the disease advances, a fibrous cord develops, pulling one or more fingers toward your palm; it usually affects the ring finger and/or pinky finger.

Although this condition does not usually cause pain, it can affect your quality of life by making it difficult, if not impossible, to flatten your hand, thereby affecting your ability to do simple things like wash your hands or grip things properly.

Diagnosis begins with a thorough physical examination. This may include x-rays or other diagnostic tests. Depending on the severity of the condition and how long it has persisted, treatment options could include both surgical and non-surgical plans.

Although renowned for his surgical ability, Dr. Cohen is a firm believer in using conservative, non-operative treatment plans before considering surgery. For Dupuytren's disease, this could include splints, therapy, and range of motion exercises.

Read, watch, and listen (audio quotes), to what just a few of Dr. Cohen’s patients have said:

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Marcia has advanced Dupuytrens Disease. Here she is 1 month after complex open surgery to eradicate the problem.

Melissa is a patient I operated on with an open technique for Dupuytren's Contracture. Often times open procedures are avoided because some patients and physicians believe early motion is limited. Here is an example of my typical open Dupuytren's patient. This was filmed at the second post-operative visit. Her sutures were removed that day.

Steve from Acton, California had suffered from Dupuytren's contracture, which left the little finger on his left hand curled into a tight "C", for 30 years before going to see Dr. Cohen. After Dr. Cohen performed surgery on his hand, Steve is ready to "go to the mat for this guy." Hear his description of the amazing results.

Also - view Steve's case in our "before and after surgery gallery". Steve's Dupuytren's photos are in Surgery Case - 22 and view another Dupuytren's case in Surgery Case - 23.

Bruce from El Segundo went to see Dr. Cohen for Dupuytren's contracture, which had left him unable to straighten the little finger on his left hand. He had been advised by another doctor that surgery would probably only straighten it about 70%. When he heard about Dr. Cohen from a friend, he went to see him and was delighted to hear that Dr. Cohen felt they could expect much better results. Hear his story of how Dr. Cohen pushed for a more "perfect" outcome.

Professional drummer Mike Hansen had the following to say about Dr. Cohen:

As a national-act drummer my hands are my tools. I have known Dr. Cohen for over a decade. One day I showed Dr. Cohen I was having a problem with my left hand, he suggested I meet with him for a consultation at his practice -- so I did. What I ended up having was what they call Dupuytren nodules, which were forming on the second knuckles on my left hand -- pretty painful and constricting. I was so scared at first when he told me I needed surgery, but Dr. Cohen assured me that I would be ok. I thought it was going to effect my career -- and it did -- in a positive way. I listened to his post-op instructions and went to therapy, but he wanted me to be careful for approximately three weeks, but let me tell you! I was up and drumming on a national level within two weeks and my hand is working better then ever with no more pain!

Thank you Dr. Glenn Cohen

Mike Hansen

(To see Mike perform after his surgery, click here.)

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