Trigger finger

A trigger finger occurs when the tendon controlling the bending of a finger, cannot move freely within the sheath that encloses it. This may happen if a little lump (nodule) occurs or if a portion of the tendon sheath swells.


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Both nonsurgical and surgical treatments are available for trigger finger release. As per the British Society of Surgery of the Hand (BSSH), the first choice is usually a steroid injection. Which if doesn’t work, then a surgery is required to give your flexor tendon more room to move. Your muscles contract your flexor tendon, which is a tendon in your fingers that pulls on the bones of your fingers. This enables your finger to flex and bend. The finger can bend and straighten painlessly after surgery. 

The two primary surgical techniques for trigger finger surgery are percutaneous (needle) release and open release. In the percutaneous release, a needle is passed through the skin to the tendon. In the open technique a tiny incision is created in the palm of the hand. In both surgeries a tiny cut or puncture is created to get access to the injured tendon which is then released using a scalpel or other surgical tool. Depending on your case, we can decide the line of treatment.

Procedure Details:

  • Expected Surgery Time: 0.5 hours
  • Done Under: Local Anaesthesia
  • Hospitalisation: day
  • Supporting Garment: Not required

Follow-Up Details:

  • Next Follow-up: 1 week after surgery
  • Return to light work: 1 - 2 days (or up to 2 weeks) after the procedure
  • Return to moderately heavy physical work: 2 - 4 weeks
  • Physiotherapy: For 2 - 4 weeks post procedure

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Trigger finger

A trigger finger occurs when the tendon controlling the bending of a finger, cannot move freely within the sheath that encloses it. This may happen if a little lump (nodule) occurs or if a portion of the tendon sheath swells.