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Pediatric Hand Surgery Team Restores Form and Function

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Congenital hand differences can affect critical aspects of your child’s growth and well-being. With limited capabilities of hands or fingers, children can be both restricted in normal form and functional development. These conditions can also be particularly disabling when they begin to explore the world around them and interact with others through sensory touch. With board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric hand specialists, parents can count on Valley Children’s Healthcare pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeons to help improve congenital hand differences affecting your child.

It is critical to see a specialized pediatric hand expert with congenital hand surgery expertise. Various conditions can range from one finger that is abnormally longer or shorter to more severe differences. If your child has been born with any hand condition that concerns you, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our pediatric plastic and reconstructive hand specialist at Valley Children’s Healthcare. Early consultation is critical for optimal treatments which can include observation, hand therapy and sometimes reconstructive surgery. Our goal is to intervene at the ideal time to prevent worsening deformity of the upper extremity. 

Hand Conditions We Treat

Valley Children’s Healthcare offers dedicated pediatric care for children of all ages, from newborn to young adult. We provide the most advanced surgical capabilities, including virtual presurgical planning for surgical efficiency and optimal results. Also, our pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgical team offers telemedicine capabilities in Modesto and Bakersfield – so pre- and post-surgical exams are more convenient for both parents and young patients.

For any malformation of the hand, including the most complex conditions, our team of skilled pediatric plastic and reconstructive hand surgeons at Valley Children’s Healthcare can restore form and function, including:

  • Camptodactyly
  • Clasped thumb
  • Cleft hand
  • Clinodactyly
  • Constriction band syndrome
  • Congenital radial head dislocation
  • Macrodactyly
  • Madelung deformity
  • Phocomelia
  • Polydactyly (duplication)
  • Radial longitudinal deficiency (radial club hand)
  • Radioulnar synostosis
  • Symbrachydactyly
  • Syndactyly (fused fingers)
  • Thumb hypoplasia
  • Trigger finger
  • Ulnar longitudinal deficiency
  • Arthrogryposis (including amyoplasia)
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Tendon transfer
  • Finger fractures
  • Forearm fractures
  • Metacarpal fractures
  • Scaphoid fractures
  • Wrist and carpal fractures
  • Wrist injuries (ligaments and instability)
  • Free tissue transfer (microsurgery)
  • Finger and hand amputation
  • Finger, hand and wrist fractures and ligament injuries
  • Tendon and nerve injuries
  • Volkmann's contracture
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Cubital tunnel
  • Lacerations
  • Nerve compression
  • Neuromas
  • Enchondromas
  • Finger, hand, wrist and forearm tumors
  • Ganglions
  • Giant cell tumor
  • Hemihypertrophy
  • Lipofibromatous hamartoma
  • Multiple hereditary osteochondromas
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuromas
  • Ollier disease
  • Osteochondromas
  • Vascular malformations
  • Nerve injuries
  • Neuromas
  • Polydactyly
  • Syndactyly


In addition to correcting congenital hand differences, our team also offers skilled diagnosis and treatment for a range of other hand conditions, including massive tissue loss or removal of foreign bodies due to trauma.

Hand and Upper Extremity Team

Dr. Michael Galvez, Director, Hand and Upper Extremity ProgramLauren Perry, CPNP, Hand and Upper Extremity Program Nurse PractitionerYvonne Morris, OTR/L, CHT, Hand and Upper Extremity Program Occupational TherapistKenneth Lee, OT, Hand and Upper Extremity Program Occupational TherapistMelissa Huerta, RN, Hand and Upper Extremity Program NurseJana Craig, Hand and Upper Extremity Program Social Worker

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