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Trigger Finger Surgery

Also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, trigger finger can cause pain at the base of your finger or thumb as well as stiffening and 'locking' of fingers. Trigger finger release surgery can relieve these symptoms and restore you with better function and control of your hands.

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Trigger Finger Surgery

What is trigger finger surgery?
Trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a condition that impacts the tendon in one or more of your fingers, causing it to stiffen or lock. It is a painful condition that is heightened when you straighten or bend your finger, causing it to ‘snap’ in place. This reaction mirrors the ‘pull and release’ motion of a trigger.

You might consider having trigger finger release surgery if you experience pain at the base of your finger or thumb when you move or apply pressure to them. There are two types of trigger finger release surgery: open trigger finger release surgery and percutaneous trigger finger release surgery.

For open trigger finger release surgery, your surgeon will inject a local anaesthetic directly into the palm of your hand before creating a small incision on one of the natural creases of your skin, to minimise any scarring. From there, your surgeon will make a precise cut through the tendon sheath (a thin layer of tissue that surrounds the tendon) to widen it. Once complete, your surgeon will close the open wound with stitches and apply a light bandage over the treatment area.

Percutaneous means ‘through the skin’ and refers to the method of surgery used. For this type of treatment, your surgeon will use a local anaesthetic on the palm of your hand before inserting a needle into the treatment area. The needle will enter at the base of your impacted finger or fingers and will work to loosen the tendon and surrounding skin, by slicing through the attached ligament. As there is no incision required, there will be no scarring or open wounds created.
What are the benefits of trigger finger surgery?
After recovery from trigger finger treatment, you should experience a decrease in stiffness and aches in your finger or fingers. This will allow you to move your fingers and hand without pain and discomfort. You should no longer hear a clicking or popping noise when you stretch or bend your fingers, and you will have the freedom to flex your fingers more fully. These physical improvements could allow you to enjoy using your hands in day-to-day life without them ‘locking in place’ or becoming stiff and inflamed.

You will be able to discuss in detail the results you want to achieve at your free consultation with your surgeon, as they work with you to find the right outcome for you. You will also have the opportunity to see for yourself the results that other patients have had following trigger finger surgery and the difference it has made to their lives.
Are there any risks?
All surgical procedures pose a potential risk, and it is important to know what these are before you go ahead with your surgery so that you can weigh them up against the benefits your procedure could bring. During your consultations, you will talk through the procedure in full and discuss the potential risks with your surgeon.

The risks associated with trigger finger release surgery include infection, stiffness of the finger, scarring, tendon bowstringing, and nerve damage.
Is it right for me?
Trigger finger surgery might be right for you if you suffer from painful stiffness or ‘lock and release’ movements of your finger or thumb due to an inflamed or irritated tendon. The ideal candidate for this type of surgery is someone in good physical health with a positive mental attitude towards the surgery and what it can achieve. This surgery may be a suitable alternative if you've tried other natural methods and exercises without long-term success.
Why choose The Hospital Group for trigger finger surgery?
As an experienced provider of surgery for more than four decades, we have helped many patients resolve health issues and improve their quality of life.

Our patients are at the heart of what we do, and we're committed to providing a truly personalised experience for every person in our care. If you decide to have private trigger finger surgery with us, you can expect:

World-class medical facilities, including our state-of-the-art private hospital, Burcot Hall in Bromsgrove. We also have a nationwide network of clinics – so we're never far away.

We have more than 45 years of surgical expertise, and all our surgeons are General Medical Council-registered, too.

Exceptional care that starts at your consultation and continues throughout your journey with us, right through to the comprehensive aftercare we provide after your procedure.

Clear, competitive costs and flexible finance options to suit you, whatever your budget.
Cost and finance options
As a responsible healthcare provided, we appreciate that each patient we see has their own special requirements. We'll tailor our treatment plans to your unique needs. And it all starts with a free consultation, where we'll talk about the options that are suitable for you.

There are several finance options to choose from, ranging from paying outright to spreading the cost over a number of years.

We know that deciding to have surgery is a major decision. Through creating your own bespoke treatment plan, however, we'll also make sure that it's right for your budget. We carry out all finance applications free of charge and there's never any obligation to go ahead with treatment.

You can also use our simple price check form to find out how much your surgery could cost. For more information about all our flexible finance plans, please visit our Pricing and Finance page.

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Trigger Finger Surgery FAQs

How long does open trigger finger release surgery take?
This type of treatment generally takes around 20 to 30 minutes, and you'll be able to go home on the same day.
When will I be able to return to work?
Most people are able to return to their usual working routine within a few days after surgery, especially in an office setting. However, it may take up to 2-3 weeks before you can return to roles that are more labour intensive.
What is the recovery period like?
Most symptoms from the procedure should resolve within a couple of weeks. However, it can take around 5-6 months for any stiffness to reduce fully.
How can I help my recovery?
For the first 48 hours, you should try to elevate your hand as much as possible. To help aid your recovery further, you should attempt to keep the impacted finger or fingers moving and be sure to exercise their flexibility. Keeping your fingers in motion and practicing daily exercises like forming a fist with your fingers before releasing them helps reduce internal scarring. Hand therapy or physiotherapy may be recommended after treatment.
How long after surgery will I be able to drive?
You might feel some pain in your palm following your surgery. While this should subside within a couple of weeks, you should not return to driving before you feel comfortable doing so safely.


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