Trigger Finger Treatment and Surgery at Bella Vou
|Recovery||1 - 2 days|
|Addresses||Aching pain, stiffness or tenderness in the palm of the hand or fingers|
Trigger finger is a common condition that causes fingers to snap and get stuck in the palm. Straightening the finger can be painful and can cause a snapping sensation. Pain and discomfort associated with Trigger Finger can be effectively corrected by injections or a small operation.
Is this right for me?
You may have trigger finger if you are having aching pain or tenderness in the palm of the hand or fingers or if you find that the fingers are stiff in the mornings and need to be eased straight - usually with some pain and a ‘clunk’. The ring finger is most commonly affected but any finger and also the thumb may be involved.
Trigger finger may settle without treatment. If the symptoms are bothersome, initial treatment is a steroid injection. Although this is usually successful in the short term, in the longer term it may be necessary to do a small awake day case operation to prevent the tendon from rubbing and catching.
What the procedure involves
An injection of steroid into the affected finger is usually effective against Trigger Finger. This injection can be provided at your first consultation. If the problem persists, a small operation is recommended. This is an awake day-case (local anaesthetic) operation and patients can return to normal activities soon after treatment.
Trigger Finger surgery involves making a small cut in the palm which opens up the narrow tunnel at the base of the finger so the tendon no longer rubs on it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are steroid injections safe?
Can I return to normal activities after a steroid injection?
How many times can I repeat steroid injections?
How quickly do steroid injections start to work?
Is hand therapy necessary after Trigger Finger surgery?
What can I do after Trigger Finger surgery?
What is Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger is the most common form of tendinitis in the hand. It occurs in the palm adjacent to the ‘heart-line’ and ‘head-line’ (creases). In this zone the tendons enter a narrow tunnel and it is at this point where the tendon rubs and inflammation typically develops.
Trigger Finger Symptoms
Pain is the first symptom and this may be followed by a catching sensation where the finger seems to become stuck in the bent position and requires some effort and help to straighten it – this may happen with a ‘clunk’ or a ‘snap’ and some further pain – the clunking sensation is likened to firing the trigger of a gun. Typically this is most troublesome in the mornings.
Trigger Finger Treatment
Following an examination of the affected area, one of our experienced surgeons will be able to prescribe an effective treatment. At Bella Vou, Trigger finger can be treated by the use of either injections or surgery.
Trigger Finger Injections
An injection of steroid into the affected finger is usually effective against Trigger Finger. In some cases the condition is relieved only for a few months whilst in others the relief is much longer lasting. The injection can be provided at your first consultation.
Trigger Finger SurgeryIf the problem persists, a small operation is recommended. This is an awake day-case (local anaesthetic) operation and patients can return to normal activities soon after treatment. The operation makes a small cut in the palm and opens up the narrow tunnel at the base of the finger so the tendon no longer rubs on it.
De Quervain’s Tendinitis
In De Quervain’s tendinitis, the affected tendon is on the thumb-side of the wrist. In this case there is a tendon which rubs and becomes inflamed and painful. Rest and hand therapy are often helpful initially, but a surgical release under local anaesthetic may be required if the condition is resistant to treatment splints or with steroid injections.11th May 2015 28th February 2017
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