What is Trigger Finger Release?

Trigger finger release surgery may be an option if your trigger finger does not improve with nonsurgical treatments, or if your finger or thumb is stuck in a bent or flexed position and cannot be straightened with manipulation. 

This procedure is typically performed using local anesthetic and on an outpatient basis. The goal of this procedure is to release the A1 pulley, which is responsible for blocking tendon movement. After this pulley is released, the flexor tendon can easily glide through the tendon sheath, relieving catching and clicking sensations. During the surgery, a small incision is created in the palm, the A1 pulley is released, and the incision is closed with stitches. 

Trigger Finger Release Recovery 

It is normal to experience mild soreness in your palm following this procedure, though you will be encouraged to move your finger as much as possible after surgery. You should also keep your hand elevated above your heart to reduce swelling and discomfort. 

Your incision will heal within the first couple of weeks, though it may take 4-6 months for stiffness and swelling in the hand and fingers to dissipate. If you are still experiencing pain, swelling, or stiffness following surgery, hand therapy may be recommended. Most patients will experience improvement in hand function as well as relief from the discomfort associated with the trigger finger. However, there is a chance that some people may not experience the restoration of complete range of motion. 

His excellence and confidence helped me from the first time I met him in the Emergency Room, through 3 subsequent surgeries.


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To learn more about trigger finger release, please contact Neaman Hand Surgery for your personal consultation. We welcome hand surgery patients from the greater Portland, Salem, and Eugene, Oregon, areas.

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