What is trigger finger?
Trigger finger (aka: stenosing tenosynovitis) is a condition of the hand that causes the thumb or fingers to lock or click during flexion movements. There is often associated swelling of the affected finger and pain in the palm.
Trigger finger is often caused by repeated movements or forceful use of the finger or the thumb, but can also develop spontaneously with no cause. It can sometimes be associated with conditions that cause inflammation or thickening of finger tendons, such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes.
If non-surgical treatments such as anti-inflammatory measures, splinting and physical therapy fail, trigger finger release surgery is indicated.
What is the goal of trigger finger release surgery?
This surgery involved the release of a small band of tissue in the palm called the A1 pulley, in order to allow free and painless motion of the finger flexor tendons. The A1 pulley is a tight ligament that causes the finger flexor tendons to become inflamed due to friction. This surgery corrects the symptoms of trigger finger, which are:
- Pain and swelling of the finger or thumb
- A clicking, locking or stiff sensation in the finger or thumb when attending to move it.
Trigger finger release surgery results
Trigger finger release surgery can relieve pain and restore full movement to the finger or thumb.
What to expect with trigger finger surgery
Trigger finger release surgery is performed using local anaesthesia.
The surgeon releases the tight A1 pulley through a small incision in the palm of the hand, thereby restoring normal painless motion of the affected digit.
Recovery after trigger finger surgery
Full functional recovery from trigger finger release surgery usually takes between 4-6 weeks. During this time the small incision in the palm is allowed to heal and strengthen. Finger motion and strength is restored through performance of hand exercises at home independently, with physical therapy rarely being required after this procedure.
Get trigger finger surgery with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for trigger finger surgery. Our surgeons have years of experience and a commitment to excellence. Our modern facility and patient-centred philosophy will ensure you have a positive, rewarding experience.
Next steps: Book your trigger finger surgery consultation
If you are ready to discuss your trigger finger surgery needs with our surgeons, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today. To discover your health options your patient care coordinator will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Incision techniques
- Potential risks and complications