Mallet Finger Surgery
Mallet Finger is commonly caused by direct contact at the tip of the finger or thumb. As a result of direct contact, the extensor tendon is damaged and the affected finger or thumb can’t be full straightened. In most cases, this deformity does not require surgery.
Surgery may be needed if a tendon is severely injured, the bone is fractured, bone fragments are present, or the joint has been badly misalignment. Surgery might also be considered if conservative treatments have failed to restore the injured digits ability to straighten.
Surgical Procedure for Mallet Finger
Surgical techniques will vary based on the severity of the injury. A surgeon will discuss what surgical techniques will benefit a patient based on the extent of the injury.
During surgery, a hand surgeon uses tiny ping, screws or wires to repair a fracture or realign the joint. Depending on the extent of damage, a patient might have the joint fused. Tendon repair during surgery can include the use of tendon grafts or the tightening of a badly stretched tendon using sutures.
After surgery, pain and swelling are typically experienced for several months. A patient may be advised to where a splint when they sleep for a short period of time. Physical therapy or exercises are recommended to regain strength and flexibility.