Gregory O'Toole - Hand Doctor, London

Congenital Hand Surgery

Congenital hand surgery is highly varied and highly specialised. While some conditions demand major complex surgery, for others simple surgery is often all that is required. The precise timing of the surgery depends on the specific presenting condition and the decisions required to optimise results demand an experienced surgeon.

The commonest procedures performed for congenital deformity of the hand are the following include the removal of extra fingers and release of finger webbing. The same procedures are sometimes required for the toes.

Accessory Digits (extra fingers) are very common and easily removed usually under a local anaesthetic.

Syndactyly (webbing) is released with a procedure usually requiring skin flaps and skin grafts. The surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic.

London Hand and Wrist Unit