A complex syndactyly surgery was successfully performed at City International Hospital to separate the left-hand fingers and left foot toes for a baby girl born with webbed fingers and toes.

Morning October 23, 2018 at 6:43, 2 year-old girl T.Darika - born in Cambodia got admitted to City International Hospital for a reconstructive surgery to repair webbed fingers or toes, also called syndactyly. Images of X-rays of the affected hand and foot showed the underlying structure of the child’s hand and foot where the bones are fused and "webbed" together. 11 a.m. the same day, after 2 hours into surgical separation, the patient’s long and ring fingers of the left hand and the second and middle toes of the left foot were completely released.

After the surgery, Dr. Nguyen Xuan Anh surgeon directly in charge of this case shared with the feeling of joy shared: "Being born with hand and foot deformities could become a challenge for the child as she grows, but now I can confidently tell her that she has beautiful hands and feet.After surgical repair of finger or toe syndactyly, your child will most likely experience normal finger or toe function. Their hand or foot will also have an improved appearance. Right now her fingers are small, but throughout early childhood she is developing appropriate hand function, be able to grasp small object. This is especially important as she learns skills such as writing and playing sports. Physical or occupational therapy is highly also recommended to improve chances of full functionality in their fingers or toes."

Images of Patient T.D left hand before and after surgery

Dr. Xuan Anh added information about the case: “Syndactyly occurs while a baby is still developing in the womb. During the sixth to eighth week of development, an infant’s fingers and toes separate. Syndactyly occurs when the digits fail to fully separate into individual fingers and toes.If your child has syndactyly, it means that the fingers or toes are webbed or joined and that the condition was present at birth. In most children, the affected fingers are connected only by skin; it is rare that the bones are also fused together. If left untreated, webbed fingers can impair finger growth and hand function and dexterity.  It’s important for your child’s syndactyly to be treated before they begin to miss developmental milestones that involve their fingers, such as grasping objects.”

Before the surgery, Dr. Nguyen Xuan Anh  has already been positively confident about the outcome of the surgery at City International Hospital  

"Syndactyly requires surgical intervention to separate the joined parts and more importantly to add skin to correct the fact that there usually is not enough skin to go around two complete fingers. This is a fairly complicated surgery, because there may be variations in all of the structures of the digit which is kept - twisted bones, crooked joints, missing or extra tendons, nerves, and blood vessels. It’s also possible for your child to experience mild to moderate effects of syndactyly repair surgery, but this is rare. Potential negative effects of the surgery could include: problems with the skin graft used in the surgery, a lack of adequate blood supply to the finger or toe, which is known as ischemia. Extra skin growing back, which is called “web creep” and must be repaired again. However, with careful planning, a hand surgery specialist will attempt to anticipate and correct these problems at the time of surgery.  That's why choosing a trusted surgeon who is an expert in the management of congenital and acquired hand deformities. to perform the surgery for your child is the number 1 priority."

In the past, the specialists at City International Hospital have also performed a successful surgeries and reconstructive procedures for a 10.5 month old baby from Gia Lai Province. You can have peace of mind and trust the Children at City International Hospital  to expertly treat any bone-related conditions. We recognize the social elements involved in pediatric hand surgery, so an essential part of these operations has been making the child's hand as symmetrical as possible with the unaffected hand.

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