Hand Center

A Historic Dedication to Caring for the Littlest Hands

Grasping the first finger foods. Writing the first letters of the alphabet. Gripping a baseball bat for the first time. We know how important your child's hands are. So when his or her hands are impaired by a birth defect or injury, you need the care of an expert. The Pediatric Hand Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital offers comprehensive care to children and teenagers with injuries or conditions affecting the hands, wrists, or forearms.

  • A Team of Specialists: Our pediatric orthopedic hand specialists understand that injuries to the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints of the hand are often quite different than those seen in adults. Our pediatric hand surgery specialists have the expertise, experience, and qualifications to treat your child's hand disorder or injury using the most effective approach. We use nonsurgical treatments and only operate when absolutely necessary. Many hand surgeons are also experts in diagnosing and caring for children with shoulder and elbow problems. If your child needs occupational therapy, our center has Certified Hand Therapists on staff to take care of those needs, too.
  • A History of Leadership: The Hand and Microvascular Service at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center is one of the oldest in the country, established by Dr. Robert E. Carroll in 1949. The service treats some 5,000 people on an outpatient basis and performs 1,000 operations each year.
  • Expertise Treating Congenital Hand Disorders: Our hand surgeons have exceptional experience treating children born with hand disorders, which affect 5 percent of all newborns. There are many kinds of hand differences that may be present at birth, each of which needs to be treated differently. That's why it's so important for your child to be evaluated by a hand surgeon. We treat children with missing, duplicate, or incomplete fingers or hands (aplasias, duplications, and hypoplasias); fingers that are chronically bent (camptodactyly); trigger finger; webbed fingers (syndactyly); and radial club hand (a defect of the bone in the forearm).
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