Serving patients in the Augusta, Maine, community, Anthony Perrone, MD, has a plastic surgery background that includes burn reconstruction and microsurgery techniques. Dr. Anthony Perrone is also experienced in operating on patients with congenital hand deformities.
Present at birth, these types of hand conditions make life challenging for babies, as they interact with many things primarily through use of the hands. Minor conditions include digital disproportion, and severe cases extend to the complete absence of a bone.
One relatively common issue involves parts of the hand ceasing to develop in the womb, which can result in a missing structure or complete absence. In cases of a missing hand, surgery is not typically recommended, but prosthetic devices are introduced at as early a stage of development as possible. Surgery is typically indicated when parts of the hand fail to separate, as with syndactylism, which involves one or more fingers being fused together.