Syndactyly is a condition where the individual toes/fingers or digits are joined, either by skin or bone. The primary cause may be failure during embryonic development or syndactyly can occur as a result of injury.

The lightest form of syndactyly is the "webbing" between toes/fingers.

Syndactyly of individual toes/fingers does not usually represent significant functional limitation and thus belongs among aesthetic corrections.

Separation of fingers joined by bones can be associated with certain risks depending on the degree of adhesion and may not be aesthetically satisfactory.

On the other hand, adhesions of the skin and soft tissues can be usually well separated by plastic surgery procedures, sometimes, minor skin transplant is necessary.

Syndactyly surgery, in most cases, is carried out under local anaesthesia. Depending on the range of treatment, patients wear a special shoe that relieves the operated area for one to two weeks after the surgery.

Published: 2011-08-16

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