Congenital hand defects is a broad category of hand abnormalities with which children are born. They range from skin tags to simple webbed fingers to complex bone abnormalities and absent digits or limbs. Most of these deformities interfere with hand function and it is important to address many of them before the most formative years of development. The surgeries to correct the problems vary depending on the defect, but most of them are outpatient procedures that are done under general anesthesia. My training in Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Microsurgery and Hand Surgery (Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand) at the University of Pittsburgh plus 15 years of experience in practice places me in a most qualified position. Evaluation entails a detailed examination, often plain X-rays, and rarely more sophisticated studies such as MRI, angiography or nerve studies.
Surgery for congenital hand defects is usually covered by insurance. More information about the financial arrangements for insurance covered surgery can be found on the Consultation Page.