Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that causes the fingers to uncontrollably bend towards the palm. It occurs when the connective tissue in the palm becomes thicker than normal, causing benign nodules to form. Over time, the nodules form cords of tissue that contract and pull on the fingers. Although the condition does not cause pain, it can worsen when left untreated.
Patients who suffer from Dupuytren’s contracture can have the condition treated in Southeast Asia, a well-known medical tourism destination for patients not just from Asia but also as far as Western countries including the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Southeast Asia’s reputation in the global medical care industry is founded on the region’s top-notch healthcare centres, internationally trained medical professionals, and affordable healthcare solutions.
The low cost of treatment applies even to procedures used to manage Dupuytren’s contractures, which include non-surgical therapy (radiation therapy and collagenase injections) and surgery. Surgical options for treating the condition include open fasciotomy in which the cord of tissue is cut and fasciectomy in which the cord of tissue is removed.
However, medical tourists would be happy to know that Southeast Asia has helped shift the focus from conventional surgery to minimally invasive procedures. As more and more Southeast Asian medical professionals gain special training in modern minimally invasive procedures abroad, the technology is fast becoming the gold standard in the region. Patients can thus also opt for a needle fasciotomy, in which a needle is used to cut the cord of tissue causing the contractures. This eliminates the need for an open fasciotomy, which helps patients avoid risks and complications associated with traditional surgery.
For patients whose main consideration is cost, Thailand and Malaysia are currently the most affordable destinations. However, this does not translate to sacrificing the quality of medical care as these countries have a large number of hospitals and specialist centres that are fully equipped with advanced medical technology and world-class facilities. Many of them have also been awarded Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO) accreditations attesting to the superior quality of healthcare they provide.