Syndactyly

What is syndactyly?

If your child has syndactyly, it means that the fingers or toes are webbed or joined and that the condition was present at birth. Syndactyly is a fairly common congenital defect that often runs in families, affecting about 1 out of every 2,500 babies. Caucasians are more likely than African-Americans or Asians and to have syndactyly, and boys are more likely to have it than girls.

Syndactyly affects both hands (bilateral) about 50 percent of the time and most often occurs between the middle and ring fingers. It also can affect a child’s toes as well as fingers; however, the condition poses more complex challenges for hand-and-finger use than for foot-and-toe use.

How Boston Children's cares for syndactyly

Combining training in adult and pediatric orthopedics, hand surgery, plastic surgery and microsurgery allows our surgeons to provide a comprehensive level of care unmatched in most other hospital settings.

Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program

The Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program provides comprehensive care involving occupational and physical therapy, splinting, casting and reconstructive surgeries for infants, children and adolescents with complex congenital, neuromuscular, sports-related oncologic and traumatic upper limb conditions.

You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program have treated thousands of babies and children with many bone-related conditions.  We provide expert diagnosis, treatment and care, and we benefit from our advanced clinical and scientific research.

Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Program

The specialists in the Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Program at Boston Children's are experts in the management of congenital and acquired hand deformities. We recognize the social elements involved in pediatric hand surgery, so an essential part of these operations has been making the child's hand as symmetrical as possible with the unaffected hand.