A Focused Overview of Common Congenital Hand Conditions: Preparation for the FRCS(Plast)

28th April 2021

1900 - 2015 hours (UK time)

Online Teaching Via Zoom


Hand deformities, present in about 1 in 200 births, can be particularly disabling as a child learns to interact with the environment through the use of his or her hands. The degree of deformity varies from a minor deformity, such as a simple syndactyly or a clinodactyly, to a major deformity, such as an aplastic thumb or a radial clubhand. A single gene mutation is present in most cases, but a teratogenic or a vascular disruption is also implicated. The presence of congenital hand deformities has a significant psychological impact on both the parents and the child and, in severe cases, can significantly affect limb function.

This talk by Mr Wee Lam, Consultant Plastic and Hand Surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and St. John's Hospital, Livingston, will provide an overview of this topic which includes assessment, the principles of surgical intervention, and the rehabilitation of these children. Mr Lam is a highly regarded hand surgeon who regularly lectures and teaches at BSSH, BSSH instructional course, and BAPRAS.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn how to approach a short case on congenital hand difference in the FRCS(Plast) exam.
  • To be confident in describing the timeline for intervention in congenital hand differences.
  • To understand the essential and salient points about each common congenital hand condition.
  • To be able to discuss the surgical aims and challenges for common congenital hand differences.

Suitable for:

  • ST3 and above trainees in plastic surgery
  • ST3 and above trainees in orthopaedic surgery
  • Trainees preparing for FRCS(Plast) exam
  • Trainees preparing for FRCS(Orth) exam
  • Post CCT trainees in plastic surgery
  • Post CCT trainees in orthopaedic surgery
  • Specialists in hand surgery
  • Trainees preparing for diploma in hand surgery


Quick Information
Places are currently available.
Date 28th April 2021
Time 1900 - 2015 hours (UK time)
Online Teaching Via Zoom
Course Fee Free
This teaching event is part of the International Postgraduate Surgical Education and Training Series, supported by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Cardiff and The Doctors Academy Group.
Closing Date Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis and therefore we are unable to provide a precise closing date.
No of Places 60
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