Polydactyly is a congenital condition in which a child is born with an extra finger and/or toe. The appearance of the extra finger or toe is variable and can have soft tissue and bone present. Removal of the accessory (extra) digit is common and is typically done when the child is older than three months of age.

How long will the procedure take?

The procedure is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. It typically takes about 1 hour to perform.

Where will the incisions be?

The incisions are made at the base of the accessory finger or toe so that it blends with the side of the hand or foot. As the child grows, there should be no functional deficit associated with the scar.

What will recovery be like?

Recovery from removal of an accessory finger or toe is typically one to two weeks. In older children, it is important to avoid weight bearing on the affected extremity to prevent injury to the area after surgery. Dr. Aboutanos will discuss any limitations in activity or sports after this procedure.

What else should I know about this procedure?

Dr. Aboutanos will examine your child to determine the best timing for surgery and the need for additional studies before surgery. In some cases, an x-ray of the child's hand or foot in preparation for surgery may be helpful. Dr. Aboutanos will review the results with you and answer all questions regarding your child's care.