People suffering from trigger finger often find that the effectiveness of conservative treatment declines over time. Trigger finger release surgery may be necessary to release the affected tendon and preserve mobility and function of the finger.
The orthopedic surgeons at La Peer’s Hand Surgery Center of Excellence offer a simple surgery to correct trigger finger that can provide immediate relief from your symptoms. Our surgeons received world-class training, are highly skilled in various hand procedures, and can help determine if trigger finger surgery is right for you.
To find out if your are a candidate for trigger finger surgery, contact us today at (888) 529-1873.
What Is Trigger Finger Release Surgery?
Trigger finger release surgery is used to release the compressed tendon sheath so that the tendon can glide freely again. The procedure is relatively simple and is performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
Our hand surgeons prefer to first try non-surgical treatments for trigger finger and will only recommend surgery after those more conservative options are exhausted. Though some patients may wish to reserve surgery as a last resort, surgical correction can dramatically reduce symptoms associated with trigger finger.
Trigger finger surgery may be the most effective option if you:
- Experience recurrent or more severe symptoms after having exhausted conservative therapeutic options
- Have other health conditions which reduce the effectiveness of steroid injections, such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
- Wish to receive long-term relief for trigger finger
What Is the Procedure Like?
Trigger finger release surgery involves a one centimeter incision in the palm of the hand, just below the base of the affected finger. The part of the tendon sheath that is irritated or compressed is cut, releasing the tendon from its restricted position. When the sheath heals back together, it is much looser and the tendon has more room to move through it. After the tendon sheath has been released, the incision is closed with sutures. Release surgery may be performed on both hands at the same time if a patient has multiple trigger fingers.
Trigger finger release surgery is a quick procedure and usually provides immediate relief of symptoms. At the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence, our highly experienced surgeons consistently achieve exceptional outcomes for our patients. One of the best ways to do this is to prevent recurrence of trigger finger. Within minutes of your trigger finger release surgery, you will be asked to flex and extend your fingers. This allows your surgeon to confirm that the problematic piece of tendon sheath has been resolved, ensuring optimal relief from trigger finger symptoms. Patients at our outpatient center in Los Angeles can expect to be free to return home within a couple hours after the surgery and should achieve a full recovery from trigger finger surgery.
Experienced Hand Surgeons in Los Angeles
The Hand Surgery Center of Excellence offers renowned surgeons specializing in the treatment of hand conditions like trigger finger. If you have any questions about what you’ve read above or are experiencing symptoms of trigger finger, contact us today by calling (888) 529-1873.
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