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Pollicization Surgery

A few children are conceived without a thumb or with an immature thumb that does not work. At times, specialists can reposition the index finger to work like a thumb. This surgery is called pollicization.

Your specialist will talk about this careful choice with you and decide if your child is a good candidate. A child who is reliably attempting to utilize their index finger like a thumb is typically a good candidate.

Who is a Candidate ?

A child who is reliably attempting to utilise their index finger like a thumb is normally a decent candidate.

Surgeons shorten and position the finger with the goal that it looks much like a thumb as could be expected.

A decent age to consider pollicization is the point at which your child is a toddler.

The new thumb will be more slender than an ordinary thumb. In any case, it will be the correct length, in the correct position and will work like a thumb.

The occupational therapist trains your kid stretches and exercises so they can utilize their new thumb to its maximum capacity.

With the assistance of the occupational therapist, your child's thumb ought to be completely practical around 12 weeks after the medical procedure.

At What Age is the Procedure Done?

Specialists don't perform pollicisation at a particular age. In fact, specialists will probably request that you keep a watch out how your kid uses their fingers and thumb to handle and hold objects. This helps them choose whether pollicisation is the best options for your child.

  • Infants Although many parents need to accomplish something as quickly as time permits, infants are too young, making it impossible to locate their favored grasp patterns and too tiny for a complex surgery.
  • Toddlers A decent age to consider pollicisation is the point at which your child is a toddler. Little children are normally discovering their hand abilities and can easily grasp patterns. This makes treatment after medical procedure less demanding. Likewise, post agent treatment is insignificant since babies have a tendency to do their own treatment through play!
  • Teens Kids, who did not have pollicisation done at a young age, here and there choose as teens they might want this medical procedure. Despite the fact that medical procedure should be possible amid this age, it is more challenging since hand functions turn out to be more inclined to stiffness as they age.

What Happens during the Procedure?

After removing the thumb, the specialists shorten one of the bones in the index finger. They slide the shortened index finger (counting every one of its tendons and nerves) into the thumb position. The index finger is not amputated and replanted. It stays attached at all times. Your child will be under general anaesthesia during the medical procedure.

What Happens After the Surgery?

After the procedure, your child will have a scar at the base of the new thumb. The surgeons shorten and position the finger with the goal that it looks very much like a thumb as could be expected. Ordinarily, individuals need to complete a twofold take: they check the fingers to persuade themselves there is one missing.

How Long will the Child be in the Hospital?

For the most part, your child remains in hospital for one night after the medical procedure. On the off chance that your child is feeling great the following day, you can take them home.

After medical procedure, your kid may need to wear a support to secure the new thumb. Your surgeon and occupational therapist will examine this with you in more detail.

Does the Thumb Really Work?

The new thumb will more thinner than a typical thumb. Yet, it will be the correct length and in the correct position. The best part is that it will work like a thumb.

Prior to medical procedure: your child can just pick objects utilizing the space between their fingers.

After medical procedure: Your kid will have the capacity to grasp small and large objects.

Will the Child Require Therapy?

Yes. The occupational therapist teaches your child stretches and exercises so they can use their new thumb to its maximum capacity. They recommend exercises you can do at home too.

The occupational therapist screens your child's progress at regular intervals. They will do this either at the healing facility or an area closer to your home.

How Long will it Take to Heal?

After around about a month, the bones begin to heal and your doctor will enable your child to move the thumb.

Throughout the following two months, your child will progress from using their thumb with light protection to full scope of movement and full resistance. There will probably be redness and marginally raised scarring at the base of the thumb, which will take a while to recuperate.

Around 12 weeks after medical procedure your child's thumb ought to be completely healed. Your kid will have the capacity to use their thumb without anyone else and never again need to proceed with treatment. The scars may in any case seem red and raised. Keep massaging the scars with Vaseline.

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