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Guatemala - March

Guatemala - March
Guatemala: OR Day 4

4 of today’s cases were syndactyly releases.  Syndactyly is webbing or fusion of the digits, and it can affect the hand and/or foot and any webspace (although most commonly in the third webspace for the hand).  It can be seen in isolation or...

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Guatemala: OR Day 3

There are many burn injuries in Guatemala, with the most common mechanism being scalds.  We saw other burn scars and contractures from fires and acid. 

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Guatemala: OR Day One & Day Two

In our first 2 OR days, we did some standard pediatric hand procedures, including trigger thumb release, thumb polydactyly reconstruction, and amniotic band syndrome constriction band excision and syndactyly repair.

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Guatemala: Day One - Screening Clinic

Today was our screening clinic, and we evaluated more than 70 patients with burn scars, scar contractures, and congenital and post-traumatic hand deformities as well as cleft lip and palate, ear deformities.

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