We travelled to Duesseldorf, to get Tom's hand fixed.

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Tom has Dupuytren's Contracture on both his hands. Which means his fingers will gradually be pulled towards the palm, until they can't be stretched out anymore at all.

The usual procedure most doctors will recommend for this is: cut the palm open, remove the stringy tissue, stitch you back together, and then work on the scars for several months. Patients are usually not very happy with the results, and a lot of them end up having their fingers amputated later on.

Tom didn't like that idea, so we searched the internet for something better. And we found one of the approximately 12 doctors worldwide doing 'needle aponevrotomy' in Duesseldorf. The entire procedure took about 15 minutes, and we enjoyed the rest of the sunny day touring the town on the Rhein.

Want to know more about the alternative treatment for Dupuytren's Contracture?
Visit Dr. Kurt Groeben's website.(in German)

After the successful treatment of Tom's right hand in September 2004 we flew to Duesseldorf again early March 2005, to have his left hand done by Dr. Groeben too.

See the fotos of the hand here right before the needle aponevrotomy, and then 2 weeks after it.

before surgery 2 weeks after

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