Surgeons from the Atlas General Hospital did an operation (polydactyly) to a child in Tirana

Atlas General Hospital specialists have recently start working in Tirana. Specialist exams and surgeries in the field of orthopedics, aesthetic and plastic surgery, spinal surgery, abdominal surgery, and pediatric surgery are performed at the Atlas Hospital Polyclinic Gjermania, which has recently become part of the Atlas General Hospital system.

Considering  the large number of patients with need for treatment, patients from Albania and the surrounding area can now contact the clinic of Poliklinika Gjermana by Atlas Hospital in Tirana. In the Atlas General Hospital team, there is a large number of eminent experts from all branches of medicine who will carry out examinations and operations in Tirana.

Poliklinika Gjermane by Atlas Hospital

Dr. Igor Georgijev, specialist in aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and Dr. Nemanja Gajdobranski, a resident in aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as a team of doctors and medical staff from Poliklinika Gjermana by Atlas Hospital, performed the operation on a child of one year who had a problem ( innate defect) polydactyly – an excessive number of fingers on the hand. Therefore, the girl was born with a preaxial polydactyly (polidactilia) – a duplicated thumb.


The operation carried out on the child’s hand is a resection of an excessive finger and a thumb reconstruction. In this way, a satisfactory functional and aesthetic result was achieved. Surgical intervention lasted for an hour and a half and everything went fine. The girl’s family is very satisfied with the results and outcome of the operation. After a short recovery period, the girl will have a completely normal childhood and a functional hand with 5 fingers, identical to the other hand.

before and after polydactylia on a child

What is polydactyly?

Polydactyly is a congenital anomaly (innate disorder) characterized by excessive fingers on hand or  feet, or both at the same time. An extra finger can be in the form of a thickening on the heand and the foot, but it can also be presented as a fully developed finger. Polydactyly can be found as an isolated condition, or within some associated diseases and syndromes. Also, the most common polydactyly develops on both sides, but can be found only on one side of the body.


Is Polydactyly Hereditary?

If polydactyly is found alone, without associated anomalies, inheritance is autosomal-dominant, which means that only one pair gene is needed to make the situation manifest. If it is within some syndrome, inheritance is most often autosomal-recessive.

Statistical data shows that polydactyly in any form is found on every 1000 newborns with a slightly higher chance of developing disorder for male children. Also, members of the black race and asians are more likely to develop polydactyly.


How is Polydactyly manifest?

The excessive finger can be manifested as a thickening on the hand / foot, or as a fully developed, functional finger with developed bones and joints, but this is the most likely manifestation. In most cases, an excessive finger has no developed joints, but only bone tissue and it is dysfunctional .


There are three types of Polydactyly, compared to the overgrown finger:

  • axial – there is a doubled thumb
  • central – the second, third and fourth fingers are doubled
  • posatxial – the fifth finger is doubled and this phenomenon is most common