Father’s Day is this weekend! Fathers pass on so many things to their children – wisdom, bad jokes, and sometimes Dupuytren disease. Over half of people with Dupuytren disease know a family member with Dupuytren.
Dupuytren Celebrities This Father’s Day, these celebrities share their experiences with Dupuytren in their families.
Joe Bonsall, country music legend
“My great-great-great grandfather probably had it, and my great-great-great grandson might end up having it. I have dealt with it for the past eight to 10 years, and it really affected my middle finger and my little finger on my right hand. It got to the point that I couldn’t play the banjo, but no one really knew I’ve had a problem.”
Morten Andersen, the all-time leading scorer in NFL history
“My mother has Dupuytren’s contraction in one of her hands and I developed it as well about 10 years ago. The condition worsened over time until I decided to have a release done on the hand. The surgery went well and my hand fully recovered and I have full use of it without any complications.”
“My father had it, as did both my grandfathers, so it’s not such a surprise that I developed it too. I’m relatively lucky in that the Dupuytren’s in my fingers has not required too much surgery so far (just one operation, ten years ago) but as a writer and a musician, I’m aware of the potential for future problems.”
“I had the vivid memory of my father’s botched Dupuytren’s surgeries from the 1950s, so I was particularly frightened of that route. I went to Dr. Scott Wolfe at Hospital for Special Surgery who scheduled me for surgery shortly thereafter, and I was playing concerts with a wonderfully restored hand within two months. The same problem reared up in the other hand in 2016, and Dr. Wolfe performed his magic again. I am the most grateful concert pianist around.”