Stenosing tenosynovitis is known as “trigger finger” due to its trademark symptom of the affected finger or thumb being locked in a bent position and then snapping straight with a motion similar to a trigger being pulled and let go. This condition can be very painful and restrictive, prompting many patients to search for an effective treatment. Read on for an overview of possible therapies, including surgical trigger finger procedure options for cases in which symptoms do not resolve with nonsurgical treatment.
What Is Involved in a Surgical Trigger Finger Procedure?
Trigger finger may develop as a result of inflammation in the tendon sheath of a finger or thumb. In the event that first-line treatments (resting the affected digit, taking anti-inflammatory medication, wearing a splint and performing stretching exercises) fail to provide relief, surgery may be the next recommended step in a patient’s treatment plan.
There is one main type of trigger finger release surgery:
- Open surgery – To perform open surgery for trigger finger, an orthopedic surgeon creates a small incision in the palm, providing access to the affected tendon. The risk of complications is very low with this method, giving it preference in some cases.
The purpose of this procedure is to create more room for movement of the constricted flexor tendon in the affected digit, thus allowing the patient to bend and use the digit freely and without pain. The procedure has a relatively short recovery time (typically between 3-6 months) and has been shown to be safe and effective.
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Wondering if you may be a good candidate for trigger finger release surgery? Dr. Stephen Soffer is here to help you explore your options and find the best treatment to get you back to normal, painless hand and finger movement.
Along with a list of other achievements and high-level training experiences, Dr. Soffer completed a sports medicine fellowship with renowned sports medicine surgeon Dr. James Andrews. In addition to prestigious, skilled treatment, he prides himself on offering compassionate and individualized care. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Soffer, call our Wyomissing, PA office at 610-375-4949.