Trigger Finger Release

Trigger Finger Release

Trigger finger is a painful condition that causes your fingers or thumb to catch or lock when you bend them. It can affect any finger, or more than one.  Tendons usually glide easily through the tissue that covers them (called tendon sheaths). Sometimes a tendon gets inflamed and swollen. Prolonged irritation of the tendon sheath can lead to scarring and thickening that affect the tendon’s motion. When this happens, bending your finger or thumb pulls the inflamed tendon through a narrowed sheath and makes it snap or pop. The goal of Trigger Finger Release surgery is to correct the issue affecting the tendon’s movement. The procedure involves the surgeon making a small incision in the palm of your hand over the affected tendon. The doctor then incises through the narrowed section of the sheath. This frees the tendon to travel as it should. The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and may be done under either local anesthetic agents or monitored anesthesia care. Follow-up care includes suture removal and assessment of the incision site approximately 7 days following the procedure.

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