Triphalangeal Thumb Reduction Osteotomy Through a Versatile Spiral Approach

Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2016 Jun;20(2):54-60. doi: 10.1097/BTH.0000000000000115.


Triphalangeal thumb (TPT) is a congenital condition characterized by the presence of an additional phalanx. Variable degrees of thumb deformity, malalignment, and excessive length are common features. Impairment of hand function has been reported with TPT probably secondary to anomalistic long thumb incompatible with fine hand skills. Abnormal thumb appearance moreover represents a major psychological concern from patient's perspective. Both removal of the extra phalanx and phalangeal reduction osteotomy with resection of the unhealthy extra interphalangeal joint are established methods for correction of the associated excessive thumb length. In our experience, however, previous surgical approaches have not been able to sufficiently reduce the skin and soft tissue surplus, which exists after reduction osteotomy through classic circular incisions. We thus feel that conduction of TPT reconstruction through a spiral incision provides a safe and generous anatomic exposure required for simultaneous reduction of skeletal and soft tissue components.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Hand Deformities / surgery*
  • Hand Deformities, Congenital / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Osteotomy / methods*
  • Thumb / abnormalities*
  • Thumb / surgery

Supplementary concepts

  • Thumb deformity
  • Triphalangeal Thumb