Syndactyly Diagnosis and Webbed Finger Treatment in Houston, TX


Syndactyly is a congential deformity where two or more digits (fingers or toes) are fused together. There are several classifications of the condition which dictates the extent of treatment needed. Simple syndactyly, for example, involves only the soft tissue of the digits while complex syndactyly occurs when the bones of the two digits are fused. Complete syndactyly is the classification for fingers fused from the base to tip while incomplete syndactyly refers to instances where only a portion of the soft tissue is connected. Complicated syndactly is the most severe, and occurs where the bones of more than two digits are fused, most often in a side-to-side fashion.


A physical examination, aided by X-rays, is needed to diagnose this condition as well as plan for proper treatment. If the condition is not severe enough to impede hand function, no treatment may be needed. Because syndactyly may be a symptom of other, more serious conditions, examination by a physician is necessary, even in mild cases.


If treatment is warranted, surgery is performed to separate the fused fingers as well as add skin needed to fully cover the fingers. This is generally done with a skin graft, often taken from the groin area. The specific procedure performed depends upon the extent and type of the deformity being corrected. More than one surgery may be needed in some cases. Surgical treatment is generally performed on patients between the ages of 6 months and two years.

Houston hand surgeon Dr. Fiore is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and fellowship trained in hand and microsurgery. For more information about syndactyly, or to schedule a consultation, call Fiore Hand & Wrist Surgical Associates at (281) 970-8002.

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