The name given to a revolutionary new medical technique which surgically alters a patient's thumbs to better use handheld devices. Case in point: A Colorado man (who is considered a big guy) had a hard time using the features on ever-shrinking user interfaces like his iPhone, that is until he "whittled" his thumbs down.
Doctors explain that this is turning plastic surgery from something people use in service of vanity, to a real tool for improving workplace efficiency. The procedure involves making a small incision into both thumbs and shaving down the bones, followed by careful muscular alteration and modification of the fingernails (see also: fat finger).
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