At the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, where trigger finger surgery is done on an outpatient basis and patients able to go home following the procedure, most people experience instantaneous relief. For the average patient, trigger finger recovery after surgery takes about 6 weeks, though it can vary from patient to patient.

The Hand Surgery Center of Excellence staffs the most distinguished surgeons specializing in finger surgery and the treatment of hand conditions. If you have specific questions or have been experiencing symptoms of trigger finger, you can contact our hand specialists in Los Angeles by calling (888) 529-1873.

What Is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger happens when there is thickening of the tendon sheathe that is underneath the finger pulley (the mechanics that allow the finger to bend). The thickening of the tendon prevents the tendon from releasing causing the “stuck” sensation under the pulley, and this sensation is referred to as trigger finger.

Symptoms of trigger finger can include:

  • Finger stiffness
  • Soreness in the palm
  • Tenderness or bump at the base of the finger
  • Popping or clicking when the finger straightens
  • Finger getting locked or stuck in the bent position

Trigger Finger Surgery

Trigger finger surgery is minimally invasive outpatient surgery. You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area (much like going to the dentist). Following complete lack of sensation in the area, your hand surgeon will make a small incision, approximately three centimeters in length, where the pulley runs over the tendons. After opening the area the surgeon will then release the tendons from the pulley. The whole procedure takes less than 30 minutes and almost all patients experience immediate relief.

Trigger Finger Recovery

Initial recovery from a trigger finger surgery usually occurs within 6 weeks. Immediately after you may experience some soreness or pain in the area of the incision. You will normally be placed in a splint following the procedure to allow time for the incisions in your palm to heal. Although it is a straightforward and simple procedure, you may require 2 weeks of physical therapy to regain strength in the tendons after the wound has healed. A majority of patients are able to regain full use of their hand and fingers within six weeks and may return to full work within a month, depending on your profession. If a complete surgical release of the tendons has been achieved then this is a life long cure for the finger that was released.

Contact a Los Angeles Hand Surgeon

Your comfort and satisfaction are always in mind at the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, while our expert hand surgeons in Los Angeles perform trigger finger release surgery. Our surgeons’ top priority is to provide you personal care within a safe and controlled environment. Innovators and experts in their field, your hand surgery and recovery will go smoothly.

Contact the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence today at (888) 529-1873.

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