Thumb Surgery

Thumb Surgery is a congenital condition characterized by the presence of extra fingers or toes. While it is relatively common, affecting approximately 1 in 1,000 births, surgical intervention may be recommended to correct the anomaly, improve function, and enhance the appearance of the affected limb. At Dr. YV Rao Clinics, we offer specialized care and expertise in polydactyly surgery.


Polydactyly can result from genetic factors or occur sporadically without a clear underlying cause. It is believed to arise during fetal development when there is an abnormality in the formation of fingers or toes.

Types of Polydactyly

Polydactyly can manifest in different forms, including

  • Postaxial polydactyly: Extra digits occur on the pinky side of the hand or foot.
  • Preaxial polydactyly: Extra digits occur on the thumb side of the hand or foot.
  • Central polydactyly: Extra digits occur in the middle of the hand or foot.


The symptoms of polydactyly vary depending on the severity and location of the extra digits. Common signs include

  • Presence of one or more extra fingers or toes
  • Abnormal positioning or size of the extra digits
  • Limited range of motion or function in the affected hand or foot

Pre-Surgery Evaluation

Before undergoing polydactyly surgery, patients will undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of experienced specialists. This evaluation may include a physical examination, imaging studies such as X-rays, and discussions about the goals and expectations of the procedure.

Surgical Procedure

Polydactyly surgery typically involves removing the extra digit(s) and reconstructing the affected area to restore function and aesthetics. The specific surgical technique used will depend on factors such as the location and severity of the polydactyly. Our skilled surgeons employ advanced surgical techniques to achieve optimal outcomes while minimizing scarring and preserving function.


Recovery from polydactyly surgery varies depending on the complexity of the procedure and individual factors. Patients may experience some discomfort, swelling, and restricted mobility in the days following surgery. Our team will provide detailed post-operative instructions and support to help facilitate a smooth recovery process. Physical therapy or occupational therapy may be recommended to aid in rehabilitation and maximize function.

Follow-Up Care

Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor healing, assess progress, and address any concerns or complications that may arise. Our team is committed to providing ongoing support and guidance throughout the recovery journey.

Why Choose Dr. YV Rao Clinics?

  • Expertise and experience: Our team of board-certified surgeons has extensive experience in performing polydactyly surgery and delivering exceptional results.
  • Comprehensive care: We offer personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs, ensuring the best possible outcomes and patient satisfaction.
  • Patient-centered approach: We prioritize open communication, compassionate care, and patient education to empower individuals and families throughout the treatment process.

If you or your child is considering polydactyly surgery, we're here to help. Contact Dr. YV Rao Clinics today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our specialised services in congenital limb differences.

What is Thumb Polydactyly?

Thumb Polydactyly is a congenital condition where a person is born with an extra thumb (duplicate thumb) on one or both hands.

Is Thumb Polydactyly common?

Thumb Polydactyly is a rare condition, occurring in approximately 1 in 1,000 live births.

Can Thumb Polydactyly be corrected?

Yes, Thumb Polydactyly can be corrected through surgery.

What is the recovery time after Thumb Polydactyly surgery?

The recovery time after Thumb Polydactyly surgery varies but is typically around 4 to 6 weeks.

At what age can Thumb Polydactyly surgery be performed?

Thumb Polydactyly surgery is usually performed when the child is between 6 and 12 months old.