Single-stage Congenital Polysyndactyly Release: Outcomes and Long-term Followup

Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2022 Dec 1;26(4):276-281. doi: 10.1097/BTH.0000000000000399.


The current surgical strategy for syndactyly is multistage operations in which every other web is released, leaving adjacent webs unoperated for the next stage to avoid a presumed possible digital vascular compromise. In this series, we present our experience with single-stage multiple syndactylies release. A total of 7 patients, including 2 patients with bilateral hand involvement, were included. Dorsal and volar triangular flaps were created for commissure reconstruction, and zigzag manner volar and dorsal incisions were made to release the webbed fingers. Sterile thermoplastic splints were molded directly over the skin grafts without any dressing or tie-over. Following the surgical operation, minimal flexion contracture was seen in three patients that needed future correction procedures. Cosmesis and functional outcome were acceptable. This study shows that the release of all webs in 1 setting can be accomplished by no vascular compromise, and there is no need for a preoperative vascular imaging study.

MeSH terms

  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures* / methods
  • Skin Transplantation
  • Surgical Flaps
  • Syndactyly* / surgery