Two years after surgery to separate conjoined fingers, doctors at Thoothukudi MCH in TN term procedure a success

Srija's third and fourth fingers on her right hand were conjoined. The parents met with the doctors at the TKMCH for a procedure in 2022, and the surgery was conducted in July.
The health condition of the child, Selva Srija of TMB Colony, was under observation for nearly two years after the procedure.
The health condition of the child, Selva Srija of TMB Colony, was under observation for nearly two years after the procedure.(Photo | Express)

THOOTHUKUDI: Two years after doctors at the Thoothukudi Medical College Hospital (TKMCH) carried out a rare syndactyly (joined fingers) separation procedure for a then five-year-old girl, the facility has finally termed the surgery a success as both fingers are functioning normally. The health condition of the child, Selva Srija of TMB Colony, was under observation for nearly two years after the procedure.

Syndactyly is a congenital problem, that occurs in one out of 4,000 live births, said doctors. Daughter of Suresh and Sumathi Devika, Srija's third and fourth fingers on her right hand were conjoined. Suresh is a daily wage labourer at Kamarajar market. The couple met with the doctors at the TKMCH for a procedure in 2022, and the surgery was conducted in July, under the Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS).

"Subsequently, the health condition of the child post-surgery was observed for two years," said Dr Rajkumar, of the plastic surgery department, who led the procedure. The surgery aimed to restore functioning of both fingers, he said.
 
Dean Dr Sivakumar said that the syndactyly (joined fingers) separation was successful. "Functioning of both fingers has been restored, and the girl can eat and perform all functions," he said.

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