Eight hours of hand surgery at age two

Day before hand surgery Paul was born with his middle and ring fingers on both hands connected. The individual bones were there, but there was no webbing in between for the natural finger separation. Also the day before We immediately consulted a hand surgeon who suggested we wait until he was four years old to schedule a surgery to separate his fingers. He said if the procedure was done too soon scar tissue could undermine the skin grafts needed to create the webs between his fingers. However, once Paul realized he could stretch the two fingers apart a little bit around age two he wanted to open them. He asked for a screwdriver ("foogiver," he said) to accomplish it. Of course that frightened us and we consulted another surgeon. He agreed to do the work sooner rather than later. So, a couple of months after Paul turned two he underwent an eight-hour surgery to open his fingers and graft skin taken from his groin area to create the webs in between. Each hand had about one … [Read more...]