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Basics Description Webbed fingers (or toes) , usually detected at birth Classification: Internal involvement: Simple (skin only) versus complex (bony involvement/fusion) Extent of syndactyly: Complete (entire length of digits involved) versus incomplete (some part of fingers joined) Synonym: Webbed digits Epidemiology More common in Caucasian males Incidence Syndactyly occurs per ~1 per 2,000 births […]

A Patient’s Guide to Open Carpal Tunnel Release


Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when the median nerve is squeezed as it courses through the wrist. The passageway through the wrist, called the carpal tunnel, is formed by the small wrist bones (carpals) on one side and a ligament on the other. In an open release for CTS, the surgeon makes an incision […]

A Patient’s Guide to Mallet Finger Injuries


When you think about how much we use our hands, it’s not hard to understand why injuries to the fingers are common. Most of these injuries heal without significant problems. One such injury is an injury to the distal interphalangeal, or DIP, joint of the finger. This joint is commonly injured during sporting activities […]

A Patient’s Guide to Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release


Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition affecting the wrist and hand. While the most common surgical procedure for a carpal tunnel release is still the open-incision technique, some surgeons are using a new procedure, called endoscopic carpal tunnel release.

The procedure is done using an endoscope (a small, fiber-optic TV camera) to look […]

A Patient’s Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common problem affecting the hand and wrist. Symptoms begin when the median nerve gets squeezed inside the carpal tunnel of the wrist, a medical condition known as nerve entrapment or compressive neuropathy. Any condition that decreases the size of the carpal tunnel or enlarges the tissues inside the […]