Syndactyly release: results of the Flatt technique.

Published online: Sep 27 1998

L De Smet, H Van Ransbeeck, and G Deneef.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, U.Z. Pellenberg, Belgium.


The results of 50 web reconstructions in 35 hands in 24 patients were reviewed. The technique described by Flatt was used in all cases. Web creep occurred in 13 webs (26%) of which 11 were operated before the age of 2 years. Active abduction was seen in 86% of the involved fingers. A normal or near normal web was seen in 74%. Cosmesis was satisfactory in 64%.