What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is a common condition which is known medically as stenosing tenosynovitis, which causes one of the fingers to stay stuck in a bent position. This is because of inflammation which reduces the space surrounding the tendon within the finger. Some people with trigger finger may be able to straighten their finger with significant effort, often causing a snap, while others may not be able to straighten their finger at all. Trigger finger is most common in those whose jobs require them to make repetitive gripping motions, women, and patients with diabetes. To learn more about trigger finger treatment, visit Dr. Falcon at our Natrona Heights office, which is located 9 miles from Leechburg and 14 miles from Apollo.

How is Trigger Finger Treated?

In mild cases of trigger finger, rest or wearing a splint are sufficient to reduce swelling around the tendon. However, many patients will require treatment, which can be either surgical or non-surgical. A steroid injection can reduce swelling enough to relieve symptoms for some patients. Others may require a procedure called percutaneous release, which involves inserting a needle into the tissue around the tendon. This needle is then used to break apart constricted tissue and allow smooth motion. In more advanced cases of trigger finger, surgery may be required to open the constricted section of tissue around the tendon.

“I've had several surgeries but I've always been put under because they couldn't do it any other way. When I was a child I was awake for a surgery and it was a very bad experience so when Dr. Falcon told me that I would be awake for my hand surgery, needless to say I was very scared but he and his nurse made me very relaxed and before I knew it it was over and I have no scar.”

-Coleen M

When Does Trigger Finger Require Surgery?

You should seek care from a doctor if your finger is noticeably inflamed or hot, because this can indicate not only swelling but an infection. Stiffness, numbness, pain, or an inability to straighten or bend your finger are also signs that your trigger finger should be treated by a doctor.

If you have only recently noticed trigger finger symptoms or your symptoms are less severe, non-surgical treatments like rest, wearing a splint, or stretching are usually recommended first. More severe symptoms or those that persist despite these early options indicate that you will need another treatment including surgery.

What is Recovery Like After Trigger Finger Surgery?

Most people regain full range of motion immediately after their trigger finger surgery when numbing wears off. Some patients will require some time away from work depending on the responsibilities of their job. You should wait about one to two weeks before completing any strenuous activity. Your finger will be bandaged for about four to five days, and you may feel some soreness in your finger or palm which can be alleviated using ice packs.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about trigger finger treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Falcon. Call our office at (724) 226-3900 or contact us online to set up your first appointment. Falcon Plastic Surgery’s Monroeville Office is conveniently located 5 miles from Murraysville and 16 miles from Greensburg.

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