Extra Digits

Child-Friendly Care For Extra Digits

We Offer Solutions For Extra Digits in Children

Extra digits, or polydactyly, is a congenital anomaly where a child is born with additional fingers or toes. It can occur as an isolated trait or as part of a genetic syndrome. Leaving extra digits untreated can lead to functional and cosmetic concerns, as well as difficulties with fine motor skills and footwear. At POBAR, our pediatric orthopedic experts offer comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plans for children with extra digits, including surgical removal or reconstruction to ensure optimal hand and foot function and appearance.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Extra digits present with the presence of additional fingers or toes with abnormal positioning or function. Our team at POBAR diagnoses extra digits through physical examination and imaging studies like X-rays to assess the anatomy of the additional digits and plan appropriate treatment.

Treatment Options:

  • Surgical removal: Extrapolation of additional digits through surgical excision, followed by wound closure and rehabilitation.
  • Reconstruction for complex cases: Surgical procedures to preserve function and aesthetics in complex polydactyly.

Recovery Time And Treatment Aftercare

Recovery time following surgical removal of extra digits depends on the complexity of the procedure and the individual’s healing process. Most individuals can expect to resume normal activities within a few weeks to months.

Treatment Aftercare:

  • Proper wound care: Keeping the surgical site clean and dry helps prevent infection and promotes healing.
  • Physical therapy: Rehabilitation exercises aid in restoring hand or foot function and improving range of motion following surgery.

Your Questions Answered

What are extra digits, and how common are they in children?

Extra digits, also known as polydactyly, are congenital anomalies characterized by the presence of additional fingers or toes. They occur in approximately 1 in 1,000 live births. For expert evaluation and management of extra digits, consider consulting with the specialists at POBAR.

Can extra digits cause any functional problems for my child?

Extra digits may vary in size and function, and their impact depends on factors such as location and associated abnormalities. In some cases, surgical removal may be recommended to improve hand or foot function and appearance. POBAR offers personalized treatment plans tailored to each child’s unique condition.

What is the recommended age for surgical removal of extra digits in children?

Surgical removal of extra digits is typically performed during infancy or early childhood to minimize functional and psychological impact. However, the timing of surgery may vary depending on factors such as the child’s overall health and the complexity of the anomaly. POBAR specializes in the surgical management of extra digits and can provide personalized care for your child.



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