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When Trigger Finger Release Surgery May Be Necessary

Trigger finger release surgery is typically recommended when conservative treatments such as rest, splinting, or corticosteroid injections fail to provide adequate relief. If left untreated, trigger finger may lead to permanent stiffness and limited mobility of the affected finger. Surgery may be necessary to restore normal function and alleviate pain. Symptoms that may indicate the need for surgery include:

  • Pain or discomfort at the base of the finger or thumb
  • Difficulty straightening or bending the affected finger
  • A clicking or popping sensation when moving the finger or thumb
  • Progressive worsening of symptoms despite non-surgical interventions
  • Inability to perform daily activities due to the trigger finger

The Surgical Procedure

During trigger finger release surgery, the patient is typically given local anesthesia to numb the hand and wrist. The surgeon makes a small incision at the base of the affected finger or thumb. The constricted portion of the flexor tendon sheath is carefully released using specialized instruments, allowing the tendon to move freely without catching or locking.

Once the tendon sheath is released, the incision is closed with sutures. Trigger finger release surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, and patients can typically return home the same day. The procedure typically takes less than an hour to complete.

Excel Health's Approach

At Excel Health, we specialize in providing advanced care for trigger finger release, utilizing minimally invasive techniques to optimize patient outcomes and minimize recovery time. Our approach includes:

  • Comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis of trigger finger/thumb
  • Customized treatment plans to address each patient’s unique needs
  • Utilization of minimally invasive techniques for quicker recovery and less scarring
  • Post-operative rehabilitation program to help patients regain strength and mobility in the affected finger
  • Compassionate care from our experienced team of hand surgeons

Post-surgical Care and Recovery

After trigger finger release surgery, patients are advised to rest and elevate the hand to minimize swelling. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage discomfort. Physical therapy exercises to improve finger mobility and strength are typically recommended. Normal activities should be gradually resumed, while repetitive gripping or forceful finger movements should be avoided for several weeks.

Regular follow-up appointments will monitor healing progress, with most patients experiencing significant symptom improvement within a few weeks. Full recovery may take several months, depending on individual factors such as how severe the condition is and how well you follow the guidelines after the operation. Excel Health provides comprehensive support throughout the recovery process to ensure optimal outcomes.

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