Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger Release

A trigger finger release surgery, also known as tenolysis, may be suggested by your hand surgeon when conservative treatments prove to be ineffective and if your finger or thumb is stuck in a bent position.

The procedure aims to prevent permanent stiffness by releasing the A1 pulley, which is blocking tendon movement, so that the flexor tendon can glide smoothly through the tendon sheath.

Trigger finger release is done by making a small incision in your palm to release the A1 pulley and because it is considered a fairly small and simple surgery, local anaesthesia is usually applied to the area.

You should experience significant improvement in your range of motion in the affected finger as well as pain relief after the surgery.

Speak to our hand surgeon today to find out more about how trigger finger release will benefit you.

Non-surgical Treatment Methods

Not all trigger finger cases require surgery; the initial treatment for the condition is usually non-surgical. Here are some treatment methods your hand specialist may recommend.

  • Wearing a splint – your hand specialist may prescribe a splint which you will have to wear at night while you sleep to keep the affected finger in a straight position.
  • Doing exercises – simple and gentle stretching exercises may help to decrease stiffness, relieve pain and improve your range of motion.
  • Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications – your hand specialist may prescribe NSAIDs to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation in the affected finger.
  • Taking steroid injections – your hand specialist may suggest injecting cortisone, an anti-inflammatory agent, into the tendon sheath to resolve the issue.

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