In, this post, I wanted to briefly share the early results after surgical treatment for clasped thumb. Surgery is usually not required. In most cases, support in the form of a soft splint or hard splint allow the thumb muscles time to develop. However, for the rare child, those muscles don't develop and we perform a tendon transfer- where we move a muscle/ tendon from one position to the thumb to improve the strength of extension. Good results are expected and, at early follow- up, here at 3 months, good results have been obtained. Remember, it is not easy to capture pictures of a very active 2 year old but I believe we can see the results!
|Patient doing well after clasped thumb surgery|
|Excellent thumb straightening 3 months after clasped thumb surgery.|
Charles A. Goldfarb, MD