Trigger finger release surgery treats stenosing tenosynovitis, a condition affecting the tendons in fingers or thumbs, which is commonly characterized by a sensation of catching, snapping or locking of the involved finger flexor tendon, associated with dysfunction and pain. Release can be performed as an outpatient procedure, usually under local anesthesia.
- Opens the pulley at the base of the finger so the tendon can glide freely
- Treats related pain, popping, “catching” feeling, and limited finger movement
All patients with trigger finger affecting their hand function should consider release. Patients who smoke, have high blood pressure that is not under control, have blood disorders or take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, may experience higher risk of healing problems.
Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to go home the same day. Over the counter Tylenol or Motrin suffice for postoperative pain control in most cases. Some bruising and swelling are expected, but improve over several days.
All patients considering elective surgery should abstain from smoking, including secondhand smoke and avoid any nicotine containing products, both before and after surgery. Dr. Ziakas strongly advises all his patients to quit smoking for good. The sutures used in trigger finger release are removed in the office during your follow up appointment. All patients are advised to use a good quality sunscreen when outdoors (minimum SPF 30) to minimize the hazardous effects of sun radiation on the incisions and the rest of the skin. The majority of patients are able to return to their routine activities in few days.
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