Webbed fingers and toes
Medically referred to as syndactyly, webbed fingers and toes are described as two or more digits fused together.
Webbed toes are said to occur in approximately one out of every 2,000 live births. The toes most commonly webbed together are the second and third.
How is it done?
The results for surgical separation of webbed toes depends on the severity of the webbing and on the underlying bone structure. Before the procedure you will be given a general anesthesia.
Your surgeon will then mark the areas of skin that are being repaired, using the marks to cut the skin and lift small flaps at the sides of your toes within the webbing. These flaps are then sutured (stitched) into position.
The gaps may then need to be filled with full-thickness skin grafts, typically taken from the thigh area. Your doctor will then bandage your foot.
The procedure itself can last from two to four hours, and you can expect to stay in the hospital for a day or two after surgery. You may experience some swelling and bruising, but this is common.
Why is it done?
Separation of webbed toes is a cosmetic procedure, as these do not cause any functional deficit.
Webbed fingers however can cause significant functional problems, and these conditions need to be corrected early in life to allow adjustment to normal hand function.
What should I do before?
Have a clear idea of the areas that you would like to address. Be sure to mention all of your concerns to your doctor during your consultation. Try to take advantage of our natural therapy packages to maximise the benefits of your treatment and reduce any unwanted side-effects.
What should I expect after?
Your doctor will prescribe natural remedies or pain medication to help with any discomfort. Once you leave the surgical facility you will need to keep your bandages clean and dry at all times, until your review at Luxe Clinic.
Your doctor will arrange for your dressings to be changed. Skin grafts are susceptible to dryness. Many doctors recommend using moisturisers for dry skin.
What are possible complications?
Unfortunately there is some scarring after the surgery, and the webbing occasionally grows back. You may experience post-operative swelling, pain, and temporary numbness.
Additional complications that may arise include:
- Skin graft damage, may darken over time
- Bad reaction to medications
- May need second surgery (depends on type of syndactyly)
Because most skin grafts are taken from the thigh area, the graft may grow hair over time.
How much will it cost?
The cost depends on the number of sites that require treatment, and the extent of webbing. The only accurate way to give you a reasonable estimate is to assess your needs when you visit us.
How much time off work will I need?
Most people require a week off work or school, during which they can rest with minimal use of the surgical area. Return to normal activities may take 3 to 4 weeks, depending on the extent of the procedure.
You may take advantage of our natural therapies to minimise the time to healing.