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Trigger Finger Surgery (Trigger Finger Release)

At Orthopedic Specialists, our specialty-trained and experienced orthopedic hand and wrist surgeons specialize in treating trigger finger and are highly skilled in performing a trigger finger release (also trigger finger surgery). Orthopedic Specialists' doctors have been providing patients with progressive hand care, such as trigger finger release, for nearly ten years. In fact, they have helped hundreds of Fort Dodge-area patients each year regain strength, flexibility, and function through their dedication and continuous research.

A trigger finger is a common orthopedic condition that affects the tendons that control motion in the fingers and thumb. Trigger finger occurs when the tendon sheath (a small tunnel that keeps the tendons in place) becomes swollen or thickened, preventing the tendon from sliding with ease. When trying to straighten the irritated finger, a “pop” or “snapping” sensation occurs, making the affected finger suddenly shoot out. This act is the source of the name “trigger finger.”

Trigger finger surgery (called a trigger finger release) is a minimally invasive, same-day procedure done under a local or general anesthesia and/or regional nerve block. A small incision is made in the palm of the hand, and the constricted portion of the tendon sheath is carefully cut and divided, allowing the affected digit to flex and extend normally without triggering. Because trigger finger release is an outpatient procedure, the patient is typically given pain medication and is able to go home the same day. Following the trigger finger release, hand therapy and exercises are advised in order to prevent scar tissue build-up and to ensure a complete recovery.

To learn more about what to expect when you undergo trigger finger release, please visit Surgery Preparation/Recovery page, and interactive video.


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