Trigger Finger Correction

Freedom for locked finger tendons

Last modified: October 04, 2011

Beatrice Woods
Licensed Practical Nurse

and Contributing Writer

Trigger Finger Correction

The human body is a complex body of work. The multiple systems of the body are designed to work interdependently. For each muscle in the muscular system there is an assigned tendon. Tendons are strong cords of connective tissue responsible for connecting muscle to bones.

Tendons often become irritated and swollen due to overuse, injury and disease. This inflammation period of a tendon is called tendonitis. There is no exception to the rule regarding tendonitis, it can occur anywhere in the body. Tendon disorders commonly occur at the joints. Tendon irritation in the hand can cause a painful dysfunction of the finger in which the tendon becomes caught in a fixed position and is suddenly released. This condition is called a trigger finger.

Trigger Finger Surgery Defined

The surgical procedure performed by an orthopedic surgeon to unloosen locked tendons of the finger.



Trigger Finger Diagnosis

The physician will make the diagnosis of trigger finger following an examination of the hand and evaluating the severity of the condition. The physician recommends a treatment plan after his assessment. 

Trigger Finger Treatments

The treatment plan for trigger finger will vary depending on the severity. Simple cases of trigger finger are treated with stabilizing the affected finger for relaxation and medication for pain control.  In situations where the pain is unbearable causing disability, tendon repair trigger finger correction may be needed.

Trigger Finger Causes

The specific cause of trigger finger is not known. The condition is typically associated with the disease diabetes, arthritic conditions, and excessive repetitive movements of the fingers. 

Trigger Finger Surgery

The patient is taken to the surgical suite and given a local anesthetic for relaxation and pain control before the procedure is started. The surgical site is positioned and disinfected. After the anesthetic has taken affect the surgeon makes a small incision in the center of the hand uncovering the surgical area. The surgeon excises the covering of tendon releasing it.  The surgeon sews the incision closed. The area is cleaned and a sterile dressing is applied.
The procedure typically takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Trigger Finger Recovery

The recovery period will not be the same for all patients. The patient will play a big role in total rehabilitation after surgery. Trigger finger procedure is usually done as an outpatient procedure, requiring no overnight hospital stay.  Usually the patient is able to use the hand the next day with restrictions in place. 

Trigger Finger Complications

The possibility of complications exists with any type of surgical procedure. Typical complications associated with trigger finger release include, after surgery infection, recurrence of the condition, and possible nerve damage.

Trigger Finger Costs

The total price for trigger finger surgery will be different for every patient. There are many factors that play a role in the price of hand surgery. The location where the surgery occurs, the surgeon who performs the procedure, the severity of the condition and the existence of any surgical complications are all components that will adjust the price of this surgery. 

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