A Trigger Finger is the result of swelling of the tendon that allows a finger to flex. The swollen tendon gets stuck on the edge of a ligament bridge at the base of the finger, resulting in “clicking” and “locking” of the finger as it flexes and extends. Splinting and anti-inflammatory medications are rarely effective at relieving a trigger finger, so we often begin treatment with a steroid injection or proceed directly with surgical release of the ligament bridge.
What to expect: During the office consultation you will discuss all aspects of the trigger finger procedure with your surgeon in order to establish a thorough and well-informed plan. Your procedure will begin after consulting with your surgeon and your anesthesiologist or anesthetist about the anesthesia that is safest for you. Typical incisions are placed at the distal palm. In some cases, your surgeon may recommend an injection to help relieve symptoms before recommending surgery.
The recovery: Your postoperative course is monitored by your surgeon and the staff. Local anesthetic and pain medication are often used to manage any discomfort you might have after the operation. A gentle dressing is placed after surgery.
Some of the unlikely complications: Rarely, the nerves can be damaged. Bleeding or infection are also unusual, but possible complications.