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Trigger Finger


Trigger Finger, medically known as Stenosing Tenosynovitis, is a condition characterised by the locking or catching sensation in one or more fingers, particularly upon flexing or extending. This condition is often caused by a variety of factors, including repetitive finger movements, rheumatoid arthritis, and even diabetes.

The primary aim of the surgical intervention for Trigger Finger is to widen the opening of the tunnel so that the tendon can glide more freely, thereby eliminating the catching or locking sensation.


The journey towards alleviating the symptoms of Trigger Finger commences with an initial consultation. During this pivotal meeting, the surgeon comprehensively evaluates the patient’s hand, focusing on the affected finger or fingers.

This assessment often includes a review of the patient’s medical history, a physical examination, and possibly imaging studies like X-rays or MRIs to rule out other conditions. The anaesthesia options are also discussed, with local anaesthesia being the most commonly chosen due to its minimal risks and the comfort it provides during the procedure.

The surgical approach for Trigger Finger typically involves a procedure known as “Trigger Finger Release.” In this surgery, a small incision is made at the base of the affected finger, allowing the surgeon to access the tendon sheath tunnel. The surgeon then carefully cuts the constricted section of the tunnel to free the tendon, allowing it to move more smoothly. Once the procedure is complete, the incision is closed with sutures, and a topical antibiotic ointment may be applied to minimise the risk of infection.


Note: Final results may take time as swelling resolves, and tissues settle.


You may choose to undergo this surgery for a number of reasons:

While Trigger Finger primarily affects function rather than aesthetics, the elimination of the locking or catching can result in a more natural movement of the finger, improving the overall appearance of the hand.
The primary benefit is the restoration of normal finger movement. This can significantly improve the patient’s ability to grasp objects, write, or perform other daily activities that the condition may have hindered.
The restoration of normal finger function can have a profound impact on the patient’s mental well-being. The ability to perform daily tasks without discomfort can significantly improve self-esteem and overall quality of life.


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While surgical procedures offer the potential for significant improvements in health and well-being, it is crucial to understand that they are not without risks. All surgical interventions carry inherent risks, which may include infection, bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, scarring, and the possibility of unsatisfactory results. The specific risks associated with your procedure will be discussed in detail during your pre-operative consultations with our medical team. Our dedicated staff will work closely with you to minimise these risks, ensuring the safest and most successful outcome possible. It’s essential to follow all pre and post-operative instructions meticulously to reduce the likelihood of complications.


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Understanding the surgical options can help you make an informed decision. Techniques can vary from open surgery to percutaneous release, each with its own set of pros and cons.
Knowing the expected downtime and limitations can help you plan your recovery. For example, you may need to take time off work or arrange for help with daily tasks.
This question can help set realistic expectations. Success rates can vary, but most people experience significant relief from symptoms after surgery.
Preventive measures can be valuable for long-term management. Specific exercises or ergonomic adjustments at work or home can help prevent recurrence.
Knowing what metrics will be used to evaluate the success can help you understand what to expect. These could include relief from symptoms, improvement in finger mobility, or lack of complications post-surgery.