Pediatric Upper Extremity Procedures
In this video Dr. Joshua Abzug, an assistant professor of orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the director of the UM Brachial Plexus Clinic, talks about treating brachial plexus injuries, one of his areas of expertise Sometimes that treatment involves performing a full dissection on neck area to repair the brachial nerves damaged during the birthing process. The outcomes are usually excellent: 80 to 90% of the time, the child regains function. The clinic also treats children who are born missing fingers or a thumb. A pollicization procedure can be done to treat this condition, in which the surgeon repositions the index finger to make it work like a thumb. For children born with extra pinkies or thumbs, there are also fairly simple operations to remove the extra fingers. As he explains in this video, Dr. Abzug takes extra care to create an upbeat and positive environment for both the children and their families.