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Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Hand Surgery Team Restores Form and Function

Congenital hand anomalies or malformations can affect critical aspects of your child’s growth and well-being. With limited capabilities of hands or fingers, children are 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 correct any congenital hand malformation affecting your child.

It is critical to see a specialized pediatric hand expert with congenital hand anomalies or malformations expertise. Various conditions can range from one finger that is abnormally longer or shorter to more severe malformations, such as missing bone structure within the hand. 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 to optimal treatment planning. 

Hand Anomalies and Malformations 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 use and function, including:

  • Absent/inadequate thumb (thumb hypoplasia): A congenital condition, hypoplastic thumb occurs when the thumb is underdeveloped in length or missing muscles or musculoskeletal structures.
  • Clubhand: Hand malformations known as radial or ulnar clubhand involve the tissues on the thumb side of the hand or the underdevelopment of the ulnar bone, which is located on the forearm side of the little finger.
  • Constriction band syndrome: Tissue band restrictions around fingers can occur, causing typical growth issues due to lack of blood flow. 
  • Duplication, undergrowth or overgrowth of fingers: A more common congenital hand condition, extra or absent fingers can occur. Fingers that are in place can also under or overgrow as compared to other fingers on the hand.
  • Hand formation conditions: When fingers or hands do not fully develop in the womb, crooked fingers or webbed fingers result. Other hand development conditions that can occur include fingers that do not bend due to weak or missing muscles or missing bones.
  • Webbing of the fingers (syndactyly): With digital webbing, a fairly common congenital condition, fingers or toes are fused or joined together. This webbing is generally only connective tissue, but in complex cases can involve the bone structure.

In addition to the correction of these hand malformations, 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.

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