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Syndactyly is a condition that a baby is born with, in which fingers or toes are joined. It is the most common congenital (present at birth) hand difference.
This condition is caused when the fingers or toes don’t separate normally when the baby is growing in the mother’s uterus.
Syndactyly is diagnosed by examination, usually just after birth. Often, the surgeon will order x-rays to look at the bones of the fingers/toes.
The treatment for syndactyly is surgery to separate the fingers/toes. If there are multiple fingers/toes affected, more than one surgery is usually necessary. Surgery is usually done when a child is older than age one.
Our Hand and Upper Extremity Program team at Children’s Colorado provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the care of your child. This means you have access to leading specialists from multiple departments who work together to treat your child.
Your child’s care team includes pediatric experts from orthopedic surgery, physical medicine, rehabilitation, occupational therapy and nursing.