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I had trigger thumb and carpal tunnel surgery on March 17, 2015. I still have numbness,tingling, tightness,sensitivity,is this normal ?

I had trigger thumb and carpal tunnel surgery on March 17, 2015. I still have numbness,tingling, tightness,sensitivity,is this normal ?

Yes: It takes time for the inflamed tissue to heal both from where the surgery was done and from around the nerve that was injured. Then it will take time for the nerve itself to heal. I just had this discussion with my hand surgeon. The nerve heals approximately 1-2 mm a day not counting the first month after surgery. Give it time. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Trigger Thumb (Definition)

-Otis of the thumb flexor. There is swelling that forms a problem for it 2 glide thu the confining pulley. Since the flexor is much stronger than the extensor, when U flex the thumb the swollen part is able 2 B pulled thru the pulley, but when U try 2 extend it feels locked, but then pops thru the pulley, & hence the name trigger thumb. U feel the snap ...Read more


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Can trigger thumb surgery hurt?

Can trigger thumb surgery hurt?

Trigger digits: Thumbs, fingers are typically repsonsive to corticosteroid injections. For those that are not or are associated with a more severe triggering or a fixed contracture or a tendon adherance or are just resistent to treatment and are uncomfortable, surgical release can work well. While any procedure can have a complication or side effect, in general the procedure works well. and many have local only ...Read more

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How long after trigger thumb surgery can I go back to work I work in a kitchen

How long after trigger thumb surgery can I go back to work I work in a kitchen

2 weeks: You have to let the wound heal and sutures out. A few more days for some of the soreness to go away. You probably won'be completely pain free but well enough to return to work for a kitchen. ...Read more

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Is there a long term bad side effect of trigger thumb surgery?

Is there a long term bad side effect of trigger thumb surgery?

Trigger digits: Thumbs, fingers are typically repsonsive to corticosteroid injections. For those that are not or are associated with a more severe triggering or a fixed contracture or a tendon adherance or are just resistent to treatment and are uncomfortable, surgical release can work well. While any procedure can have a complication or side effect, in general the procedure works well. ...Read more

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Does trigger thumb surgery work?

Does trigger thumb surgery work?

Yes: It is usually very successful. The long-term success rate following trigger finger/thumb surgery is about 98%. ...Read more

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Trigger thumb surgery. What does it involve?

Trigger thumb surgery. What does it involve?

Release: .Trigger thumb release is an outpatient procedure, typically you get an IV and some mild sedation to keep you comfortable. A local anesthetic was used to make the thumb numb and a small incision is made at the base of the thumb to release the strap which is irritating the tendon. Afterwards you can do light activity within a couple of days, no heavy lifting for approximately 10 days. ...Read more

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Having's trigger thumb surgery left hand w carpal tunnel already had carpel tunnel on my right is the trigger thumb surgery the same, please expln?

Having's trigger thumb surgery left hand  w carpal tunnel already had carpel tunnel on my right is the trigger thumb surgery the same, please expln?

Trigger finger : Limited mobility in the finger, pain where the finger meets the palm, often called the finger palm crease, pressure causing pain can be a sign of stenosing tenosynovitis or trigger finger it is treated by antiinflammatories, corticosteriod injection and perhaps surgery if symptoms do not go away. ...Read more

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Had surgery for trigger thumb 12 days ago. First finger (pointer) feels like I have electrical shock going through it. Middle finger feels like that only at tip. And thumb has a bit of it on tip... The first finger really hurts and radiates by late af

Had surgery for trigger thumb  12 days ago.  First finger  (pointer) feels like I have electrical shock going through it. Middle finger feels like that only at tip.  And thumb has a bit of it on tip... The first finger really hurts and radiates by late af

Carpal tunnel Sx: Very common for patients with trigger digits to also have carpal tunnel syndrome. I routinely take a history/physical examination to look for this when patients present with trigger digits. Surgery for trigger digits often results in postoperative swelling, which can exacerbate symptoms that were previously subclinical. Symptoms may resolve spontaneously, but injection or surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Can you give me more info on trigger thumb, and can it be cured without surgery or cortisone shots?

Can you give me more info on trigger thumb, and can it be cured without surgery or cortisone shots?

Prob. not: Nodular tenosynovitis of the a1 pulley of your flexor tendon of your thumb(fpl) , or 'trigger thumb' is very common and can be both painful and disabling .'locking' of the thumb @ the wrong time can be problematic as u know. U could try wearing a splint and taking a steroid "dose pak"but this is unlikely to resolve the problem... If it continues to lock and hurt consider a1 pulley release.Gl! ...Read more

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I had surgery to remove a ganglion in my wrist and also trigger thumb surgery18 days ago. Still in pain cannot put pressure on wrist is this normal?

I had surgery to remove a ganglion in my wrist and also trigger thumb surgery18 days ago. Still in pain cannot put pressure on wrist is this normal?

Ask your surgeon.: If your pain is not improving or getting worse, you certainly should ask your surgeon what you should expect from a pain point of view. If it is slowly improving, you may need to just have more patience. Certainly worth a question of your surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long until i can drive again after surgery for trigger thumb?

How long until i can drive again after surgery for trigger thumb?

The next day: After surgery, i usually dress patients in a soft bandage. This allows maximum flexibility and use of the hand. I allow patients to type, write, and drive one day following surgery. ...Read more

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I had shots on my trigger thumb about 6 weeks ago and it not working. Should i get another shot or go for surgery?

I had shots on my trigger thumb about 6 weeks ago and it not working. Should i get another shot or go for surgery?

Your choice: While there is little harm in trying the injections again, i usually tell my patients that is the injection has no effect, surgery is the best way to be sure that we fix the problem permanently. Speak to your surgeon about the risks and benefits of the surgery so you can make a choice you feel comfortable with. ...Read more

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Is trigger thumb a side effect of carpal tunnel surgery?

Is trigger thumb a side effect of carpal tunnel surgery?

No: Separate problem. If it bothers you, it can be treated by a hand specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Has anyone out there done successful surgery for trigger thumb?

Has anyone out there done successful surgery for trigger thumb?

Yes: Trigger release surgery consists of simply opening the tendon sheath so the tendon no longer gets caught. It is almost always successful. ...Read more

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Can Trigger Thumb be treated without medicine or surgery by exercising the thumb?

Can Trigger Thumb be treated without medicine or surgery by exercising the thumb?

Trigger: Due to the mechanism of this condition, wherein a tendon has abnormal thickening, it is rarely treatable with simple exercise. There is some benefit to custom splinting, but usually the condition requires injections or surgery for correction. ...Read more

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I had surgery for trigger thumb 3 months ago. Now my thumb is swelling and stiff. This just started one week ago?

I had surgery for trigger thumb 3 months ago. Now my thumb is swelling and stiff. This just started one week ago?

Overuse?: Did you use your thumb heavily last week? If you have been protecting it as you heal, and now you're using it more normally, the swelling may be normal for 6 months after surgery. If normal use continues to cause swelling and stiffness, see your surgeon. Be very careful to not overprotect your thumb! too little use allows swelling and stiffness. 2 minutes of exercise every 30 min really helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more