If your child has polydactyly syndrome (extra digits) either on their hands or feet, the unknown of it can be scary. And although polydactyl is more of a physical deformity than a health concern, it’s still something every parent is worried about. Here at our office, Dr. George Philip Smith specializes in the removal of extra digits so that your child can get rid of any cosmetic abnormalities. Both before, during, and after surgery, Dr. Smith will work to ensure that your child is as safe and healthy as possible, but once they are sent home to recover, you may be a little nervous about what that entails. This article will take a closer look at the recovery process and what you can expect.
Place It In a Cast or Splint
In many instances, we will wrap your child’s hand or foot in a splint or cast; this will help the wound heal properly without any sort of interference. Plus, this will make it so you don’t have to worry about them scratching it or pulling at it in the middle of the night. When you bathe your baby, make sure that you wrap their cast in either a plastic bag or plastic wrap so that water doesn’t get inside. As a suggestion, we may recommend that you give your baby a sponge bath for the first few days so that you don’t have to even worry about it getting wet.
Depending on how old your baby is when they have surgery will determine if we can give them any pain relievers. Often, we will send parents home with some children’s or infant Tylenol that you can give to your baby every couple of hours or that you can rotate with Ibuprofen. Before we send you home from surgery, we will go over pain management according to your baby’s weight and age.
Having a child who has to undergo surgery is beyond stressful, but Dr. Smith and his staff will be there every step of the way to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions about the recovery process once you are home with your child, remember that we are here as your resource and will gladly answer any questions. To learn more about polydactyly surgery or recovery, contact our Brooklyn office. Call today at: (718) 608-1111.