Hand and Arm Disorders Program
The Hand and Arm Disorders Program is the region's largest center treating children with congenital deformities, injuries and tumors of the hand and arm. Each year, our orthopaedic and plastic surgeons perform more than 1,000 procedures on children with conditions affecting their hand or arm.
We treat a wide variety of congenital disorders, injuries and tumors of the hand and arm, including:
- Syndactyly: Fingers that are webbed or jointed together; this is one of the most common hand disorders.
- Polydactyly: Extra fingers or thumb duplication; this is one of the most common hand disorders.
- Hypoplastic digits: Missing or underdeveloped fingers.
- Macrodactyly: Abnormally large fingers.
- Camptodactyly: A flexed finger (bent at the middle joint) that cannot straighten. Most often affects the small finger. Seen in newborns, but may develop in young adolescents.
- Clinodactyly: An abnormally bent or curved finger.
- Cleft hand: A split hand that is usually V-shaped and may also include missing fingers.
- Radioulnar synostosis: An abnormal fusion of the bones in the forearm.
- Radial club hand: The radius bone in the forearm is missing or didn't form properly during prenatal development.
- Trigger finger: A common cause of bent thumbs in pre-school age children that is effectively cured by a surgery, not caused by injury.
- Ulnar club hand: The ulna forearm bone wasn't formed properly during prenatal development, leading to an abnormally bent wrist.
- Madelung deformity: An abnormally aligned wrist.
- Erb's Palsy: A form of paralysis caused by trauma to the upper brachial plexus in the spinal cord, usually during childbirth.
- Limb defects: A condition where part of the hand or arm fails to form properly during prenatal development.
- Injuries such as fractures, dislocations, tendon injuries, nerve injuries, burns and replantation of limbs (reattachment).
- Tumors such as bone tumors, endochondroma, osteochondroma, sarcoma, skin cancer, hemangioma, ganglion cyst and soft tissue tumor.