Cleft hand occurs as a failure of the development of the central portion of the hand. The severity of the anomaly varies from the index, middle or ring finger either missing or present in a disrupted state Syndactyly of the ring and little finger are quite common in the more serious cases of cleft hand, and if syndactyly is present, it should be corrected first.
The operation to correct a cleft hand is called a Snow procedure. The space between the thumb and the index finger is deepened and is lined with the skin from the cleft site, which is transposed with its blood supply as a flap.
The Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers a full range of surgical procedures for cleft hand. Surgeons use leading-edge technology and world-class surgical techniques.