Syndactyly is a congenital condition in which a child is born with a fused finger and/or toe. The appearance of the fused finger or toe is variable and can have soft tissue and bone present. Separation of the fused digit, also called syndactyly release, is a common procedure performed to create a normal webspace. This surgery is typically performed when the child is older than three months of age. Syndactyly release is often combined with a skin graft procedure to put skin along the inner aspect of the separated digits.

How long will the procedure take?

Syndactyly release is a procedure that is done in the operating room under general anesthesia. The procedure can take about one to two hours depending on the severity of the fusion and if there is bony involvement.

Where will the incisions be?

The incisions are typically along the inside of the two fused digits. There will be a separate incision for the skin graft if it is used. All of these incisions usually go on to heal nicely over time.

What will recovery be like?

Recovery from syndactyly release 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.