Trigger Finger Surgery

There are few surgical techniques used to treat patients who are suffering from Trigger Finger. The goal of each procedure is to increase space so that the flexor tendon can move freely.

Percutaneous Release – an outpatient procedure where a doctor inserts a needle into the tissue around the affected tendon. The needle and the affected finger are moved to loosen the constricted tendon. Ultrasound imaging may be used during this procedure to view the tip of the needle while it is being moved to break up tissue around the tendon sheath. A surgeon will utilize imaging to avoid damaging the tendon or any nerves in the affected area. A Percutaneous Release is commonly done as an outpatient procedure. While this procedure is less invasive it’s not as commonly used as open surgery to treat this condition

Trigger Finger Release – During this open surgical procedure, a small incision is made after a local anesthesia has been used to numb the area. A hand surgeon will then cut through the tendon sheath to create more space for the constricted tendon. Stitches are used to close up the area after surgery. Trigger Finger Release surgery has a very high success rate. The risk of recurrence or complications after having this surgery are very low.

Swelling and stiffness should be expected after surgery. Elevating the hand above the heart should help reduce swelling. Ice packs also provide some comfort after surgery.

Physical therapy may be needed after surgery to restore any lost hand functionality or to help loosen up the finger as it heals.

Our team of orthopedic doctors and providers use the most advanced technologies to diagnose and treat hand disorders. An early diagnose of a hand, wrist or finger disorder is important and often reduces the need for a surgical procedure.