Fingers that are not separated belong to the most common deformities in the hand. Children born with finger syndactyly need surgery because it affects the function and growth of the fingers and hands.

It may also happen that children are born with tears that have not been separated. The function of the toes and feet is not impaired and surgery can lead to complications.

Fingers that are not separated

Two or more fingers can sit together in the skin. They can sit together with a short distance or even to the fingertips.


The doctor x-rays his hand. They can then see if there are bones that sit together in the fingers.

Treatment for fingers that are not separated

The treatment involves an operation when the joint between the fingers is split. Some children are operated on during the first half of the year after birth, while for others it is better to wait until the baby is a little bigger. It is usually better to wait for the operation until the child is three to four years if the fingers do not stick together so much.

The operation is technically demanding and is performed by a specialist in hand surgery. As a rule, the skin is required to be transplanted to the newly created fingertip. The skin is often taken from the groin. Sometimes the child needs to be operated several times to get the best results.

Tears that are not separated

It is quite common for children to be born with tears that are not separated from each other. It may be that a couple of tears are together or that all the tears are together.

The function of the toes is not affected by the fact that they are joined together. Children with toes sitting together can walk, run, jump and play like other children and keep up with any sport.

An operation involves the risk of the toes growing obliquely and the operation area becoming sensitive throughout life. This can lead to an increased risk of eczema and fungal infections.

The procedure is technically quite troublesome and can cause troublesome scars.

Influence and participate in your care

You can seek care at any medical center or open specialist clinic you want throughout the country. Sometimes a referral  to the open specialized care is required.

You should understand the information

In order for you to be involved in your care and treatment, it is important that you understand the information you receive from the healthcare personnel. Ask questions if you don’t understand. For example, you should receive information about treatment options and how long you may have to wait for care and treatment.

Children should also be involved in their care. The older the child, the more important it is.

Ehtisham Nadeem

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