Trigger Finger Release

Trigger Finger Release

Trigger finger is a condition that causes a finger to become stuck in a bent position. It can be painful and cause limited movement and weakness in the fingers. The problem occurs when the tendon that bends the finger gets stuck in a portion of the tendon sheath. To cure this condition, your doctor may try either injections or surgical treatment. During surgery, your doctor opens the area of the tendon sheath where your tendon is getting stuck, thereby relieving pain and resorting finger motion.

Surgery

Surgery is generally required if you suffer from pain or lack of motion in the finger caused by repeated irritation of the protective covering that is found around the finger’s tendon. When the covering is irritated, it can become swollen, thick, and bumpy, which prevents the tendon from smoothly gliding through.

Goal

The goal of surgery is to create a wider opening in the sheath so that the tendon can slide through it more easily. During the procedure, your surgeon makes a small incision in your palm and opens the tendon sheath tunnel in order to release it. This is a minor procedure that can be done with wide-awake-hand surgery or with light sedation. Patients go home the same day with the ability to use their hands for light activity. After your procedure, we offer comprehensive aftercare to ensure a successful recovery.

Recovery

Recovery from surgery generally takes around two weeks. During this time, your surgeon may recommend the following:

  • Resting the affected hand
  • Limiting the use of your finger
  • Anti-inflammatory medication

Benefits

Our goal is for you to experience the following benefits after having surgery:

  • Finger pain relief
  • Improved range of motion in the finger
  • Decreased inflammation and swelling in the finger
  • Decreased pressure in the hand and finger

Cost

The cost of trigger finger release surgery is based on a number of considerations. This can include both the extent of the procedure and a patient’s insurance carrier. Medicare will cover trigger finger release surgery if it is deemed necessary treatment. BEST accepts Medicare, most private health insurances, and works with workers’ compensation claims and personal injury cases at all of our centers. 

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To learn more about the wide range of treatments for knee injuries and conditions to help you return to an active lifestyle, contact BEST Health System today. Our caring and experienced team of treatment professionals can help you develop a personalized treatment plan that is right for you. 

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James D. Abbott, M.D.

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