Hand Surgery

Case study: Graham Turner

Dupuytren’s Contracture

Graham Turner “couldn’t fault the brilliant service” he had at The McIndoe Centre for an operation on his right hand to treat Dupuytren’s Contracture.

Graham, 67, had suffered from the condition, that causes one or more fingers to bend into the palm of the hand, for around two years but put up with it until it was impossible to open his hand wide enough to hold a glass.

He thought about having the operation on the NHS but when the waiting time exceeded 18 weeks, Graham decided to be treated privately so he could choose a date that suited him.

Graham, who spends six months of the year living in France, said: “I didn’t want my life to be on hold and preferred to pay and have control.” Graham, who worked as Stores Manager at The McIndoe Centre before he retired, underwent the operation as a day patient of consultant surgeon Asit Khandwala.

In order for the hand to heal, he couldn’t drive for two weeks but then had physiotherapy to help recovery. Graham said: “I now, near enough, have a flat hand but it will take about a year to be completely back to normal. I had the best treatment possible. The service was brilliant and I couldn’t fault it. I think what makes The McIndoe Centre different is that it isn’t a huge organisation so it has a family feel to it. I would recommend it to anyone.”

Treatment performed by Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Mr Asit Khandwala

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