Trigger finger release is surgery to make it easier to bend and
straighten your finger. Your doctor will make a cut (incision) in the tissue
over the tendon that helps bend your finger. This will allow the tendon to move
freely without pain.
This surgery will probably be done while you
are awake. The doctor will give you a shot (injection) to numb your hand and
prevent pain. You also may get medicine to help you relax.
the surgery, the doctor will make an incision in the skin of your finger or
palm. He or she will make a cut to open the tissue over the swollen part of the
tendon. The doctor will close the skin incision with stitches. After surgery,
you will have a small scar on your finger or palm. This will fade with
It will probably take about 6 weeks for your hand to heal.
After it heals, your finger may move easily without pain.
go home the same day as the surgery. How soon you can return to work depends on
your job. If you can do your job without using your hand, you may be able to go
back in 1 or 2 days. But if your job requires you to do repeated finger or hand
movements, put pressure on your hand, or lift things, you may need to take more
time off work.
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 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.
Having surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect and
how to safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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