Thursday, August 21, 2008
So what is thumb pollicization? Well in my definition it is an incredible surgery that will allow my child to perform anything that requires a thumb/finger pinch grasp. So what will this allow Ben to do? Cutting, writing, zipping, grasping tweezers, holding his bottle better, holding a spoon better, grasping a baseball bat, holding a car steering wheel to list a few. Somethings he will be able to do better and some he will do for the first time. The medical field would define it as the surgical creation of a thumb from a finger, usually the index finger. There are several techniques, but they have in common steps to shorten, rotate, and reposition muscles to achieve a functional and aesthetic result.