my baby has an extra thumb

11/03/2008 at 10:32
Hi My baby boy Alfie was born on the 13th of May 07, he was born with a extra thumb on his left hand.
My husband and i have decided to have the extra thumb removed and he is due to have surgery on Mon the 17th (not long now):?
Just wondering if anyone has gone through this procedure or their baby has the same condition.
Any advice would be greatful.
11/03/2008 at 10:42
I don't know if this will help, but my boyfriend was born with an extra finger on his right hand (25 years ago!) and his parents had it removed, however his fingers were also 'webbed' together so he had 2 trips to surgery in the end. However his hand functions just like his other hand. One of his fingers are slightly bent and his other hand is stronger but it has never been an issue with him. He's a chef so he uses his hands alot and never complains of pain/discomfort etc. The doctors/nurses will give you lots of advice aswell so don't be afraid to ask questions if you are still concerned, but I'm sure everything will be fine.

I hope this helps xxx
11/03/2008 at 12:53
i used to look after a little girl who had extra digits on her hands and feet. the feet were operated on quickly after birth and it just left like a crease in the bottom of her feet, very neatly done. the hand digits were like sacks of fluid and at nursery they kept getting knocked, bleeding, weeping and eventually became infected. she had a rough time and wen she was about 10 months the doc just cut them off!! with scissors!! she will always have a little wart like lump but they can do wonders. her feet were done very well.
may be worth finding a big pair of gentle mittens to prevent rubbing and irritation when and after healing..? sorry not much more help

wishin ur lo all the best 4 procedure.

11/03/2008 at 19:53
Thanks for the advice. x
I cant believe that the doctor just cut them off with a scissors, that must have hurt! Poor girl. My little boys extra thumb has a bone and nail just like his other thumb but just smaller. They say the opp will only take about an hour and that there will be a slight scar which will fade in time but other than that every thing should be fine, which i'm sure it will be. Just cant help but worry though! xx
20/03/2008 at 18:47
Hi All,
Just to let you know Alfie had his opp this week on the 17th. we had to be down the hospital at 8am and he went down for surgery at 1.15. He had his last bottle at 8.30pm the night before it was horrible not being able to give him any food or milk but he was not too bad.
The opp went well, he now has a big bandage on his hand which has to stay on for 3 weeks so i have yet to see what it looks like with the extra thumb gone.
He also had his toung tie released. he was great after the opp eating and drinking like normal, it did not seem to bother him at all.
cant wate now for bandage to come off to see the end result.
21/03/2008 at 16:43
hi,was just reading through this forum an just wanted to say glad alfies op went ok,hope he well. becky xx
21/03/2008 at 17:17
get well soon alfie, what a brave little boy xxx
22/03/2008 at 07:51
hi just read ur post and my little girl was born in march 07 and was born with an exter little finger she had it off 4months after she was born they only numbed her hand it was only hanging with a bit off skin but had a nerve and vain init was ur little boys thumb actually attached?
26/09/2010 at 21:36
Hi My baby boy Alfie was born on the 13th of May 07, he was born with a extra thumb on his left hand.
My husband and i have decided to have the extra thumb removed and he is due to have surgery on Mon the 17th (not long now):?
Just wondering if anyone has gone through this procedure or their baby has the same condition.
Any advice would be greatful.

Same here he just had surgery 9.21.10 and it was a success he will have to wear a cast for 6 weeks, the thumb will be slightly smaller than the other hand but its better than having the extra thumb.
09/03/2011 at 17:22
my son is going in tuesday to remove his. He is 18mos and will need a cast. How was you kids after surgery?
05/05/2011 at 12:33
Hello, My son had an extra thumb on both of his hands. He had them removed at 8 months old. I was a nervouse wreck but every thing went Great. He looked like he had two broken arms, he had casts up to his elbows on both arms and people would give us dirty looks. He also had extra bones which they left. He is now 9 yrs old, he has scars but I am so glad we decided to have them removed.
19/12/2011 at 21:42
My son was born with an extra thumb actually growing off of his thumb on his right hand. It had a bone and finger nail. He was born 2008 and had his surgery in 2009. Surgery went great he is 3 years old now and still has to wear a splint every night to try to help straighten his nail on his thumb. Don't really know how the extra thumb came about
(doctors say that it runs in mine or my husbands family but we don't know of anyone that has ever had this).. Surgery is scary for anyone and especially when it is your child but i would recommend having this done at a very young age so they won't remember what happen.
20/12/2011 at 09:14
hi i was born with a extra thumb on my right hand and they removed it when i was young i was left with a scar where stitches were. i had no problems with it since i am now 40 hope this helps
17/01/2012 at 16:53

This sounds like what my son has, an extra thumb attached to his right thumb which has a bone and a finger nail, he has his op on Friday this week, so scared and feel really bad as im making the desicion for him, hes almost 11 months how old were your guys babies when they had there ops?
06/05/2012 at 04:51
06/05/2012 at 05:01
I was born with an extra thumb. My mother had it removed when I was a baby. My extra thumb fit perfectly with the thumb it was attached it, had bone and nail as well. Around 11 I had to have another surgrey because the doctors left a little piece of bone which grew as I did. My thumb works normaly although it is a little smaller.i do have a scar but is not that noticable. I wish you all the best and im sure everything will be fine. I am now 19 and live a perfectly normal life with a successful career. Prayers out to everyone.
15/05/2012 at 12:13

hi everyone!!!my littel baby boy was born with an extra thumb just two month ago on his right hand,he had a bone and nail.i was shoked,becouse never seen anythink like that,we decide to remove it.he will have an operation in 2013 dont know how to keep this in secret till operation will be done,maybe i  should say a thru to my family,i need your advice guys,really looking forvard for it,THANK YOU!

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26/05/2012 at 07:03
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26/05/2012 at 07:13
Hi there, my daughter was born 6 weeks ago and has the extra thumb on her left hand, we were expecting this because it is in the family. My cousins son also had the extra thumbs as well. We have the app with the surgeon in two weeks, will be interested to when the surgeon wants to operate. The extra thumb has bone and a nail and is joined to the other thumb but has separate bone. My only concern is what happens to the bone after surgery, does it stop growing when removed? Appreciate any feedback! Thank you
16/11/2012 at 22:22

Hi, my son was born with an extra finger on his thumb. His thumb is smaller than the other one. His had bone attached in it and he has surgery when he was 1 years old. He is 5 years old now fine and it works fine. He also has a slight double ear lobe that they would not fix. My heart goes out to anyone who has had this or much worse happen to their baby. I have been blaming myself for 5 years for mistakes I made during my pregnancy. My sister had a clef lip and palet but I do not know of anyone in my family ever having this. God please bless these babies, make their lives normal, and let these things go un noticed.