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Surgery for a boutonniere deformity is done to repair a tendon in your finger so that you can move the finger more normally.
A boutonniere (say "boo-tuh-NEER") deformity is an injury to the tendon that runs over the middle joint of a finger. The injury causes the middle joint to bend down and the end joint to bend up.
"Boutonniere" is French for "buttonhole." The injury often causes an opening in the tendon that looks like a buttonhole.
After surgery, your finger may be sore for a few weeks and stiff for a few months. It may be in a splint to protect it as it heals. Wear the splint exactly as directed. Do not remove it until your doctor says that you can. You may be referred to rehabilitation or hand therapy.
Your doctor may give you specific instructions on when you can do your normal activities again, such as driving and going back to work.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Adaptation Date: 2/25/2020
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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