Although there are many hand deformities, two of the commonest are also amongst those with a best surgical outcome. SYNDACTYLY or joining of the fingers (or toes) and POLYDACTYLY or extra digits or duplication of digits need to be assessed in early childhood. Preferably in the first six months so that correct assessment and surgery can be planned.
Function as well as appearance needs to be as normal as possible. Most surgery is performed in the second year of life. Correct surgery results in normal function and appearance of the hand without the social stigma associated with hand deformities.