Web Creep (Post-Op)
Web creep is a possible complication of syndactyly reconstruction. Simply explained, creep occurs when the web space (commissure) continues to grow giving the appearance of an incomplete syndactyly. While we are not sure what causes web creep, it is likely related to tension in the web space.
Reconstructing the web is one of the most technically demanding aspects of syndactyly surgery. It is believed that avoiding a straight-line commissural flap breaks the tension and limits the risk. Compliance with post-op splinting and scar massage are also beneficial in prevention.
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