I have been diagnosed with dupuytran's (sp?) contracture. My father had it (a pretty severe case) and had hand surgery to correct it. My case at age 50 is not as severe as my father's, but it is progressing. My question is whether one should get surgery sooner rather than later. I have heard different things. On the one hand, as long as it doesn't bother you much, put off surgery for as long as you can. Alternatively, I have heard that it is better to have surgery at earlier stages of the disease. Thoughts?