Trigger Finger Surgery

Trigger finger affects the tendons in the hand. When the affected finger or thumb is bent towards the palm, the tendon gets stuck and the finger clicks or locks. Trigger finger can affect one or more fingers. The symptoms can include pain, stiffness, clicking and a small lump in the palm at the base of the affected finger or thumb (known as a nodule).

Trigger finger is usually caused by swelling of one of the tendons that run along your fingers and thumbs. This swelling makes it difficult for the finger to move, and can cause a section of the tendon to become bunched into a small lump at the base of the affected finger or thumb, called a nodule. Should a nodule form it can cause the tendons to get trapped on the sheath they are protected by, causing the finger affected to be stuck in a bent position.

In some people trigger finger may get better without treatment; however there is a chance the affected finger or thumb could become permanently bent if not treated. If treatment is necessary, several different options are available, including:
-rest and medication, avoiding certain activities and taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may help relieve pain
-splinting, this involves strapping the affected finger to a plastic splint to help ease your symptoms
-corticosteroid injections, steroids are medicines that may be used to reduce swelling
-surgery on the affected hand

Surgery involves releasing the affected sheath to allow the tendon to move freely again. This is a relatively minor procedure generally used when other treatments have failed. It can be up to 100% effective, although you may need to take two to four weeks off work to fully recover.

There are alternative treatments, which will be discussed during an initial assessment appointment with your consultant. They may offer you a steroid injection during this assessment, if they feel this is an appropriate treatment for your condition.