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Can mallet finger surgery affect other fingers? I had the surgery on middle finger and now my index finger is weak and hurts. Middle finger was determined to be 7% ppd. Thanks

Can mallet finger surgery affect other fingers? I had the surgery on middle finger and now my index finger is weak and hurts. Middle finger was determined to be 7% ppd. Thanks

Mallet finger injury: If the mallet finger has an altered range of motion then the adjacent fingers can be affected. All fingertips share a common flexor digitorum profundus muscle bely thus flexing once finger will result in flexion of the others unless one holds or limits motion. We do this in function by a complex system of intrinsic and extrinsic muscles. Also there can be "paradoxical" motion with stiffness ...Read more

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Dr. Raymond Raven
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Mallet Finger (Definition)

Mallet finger is caused by a tear of the extensor tendon at the joint closer to the fingertip. It happens most commonly from a trauma which causes sudden flexion of the joint. The patient will notice that a 'droop' is present with the fingertip and is unable to extend at the joint. The good news is that most can be handled nonoperatively with splinting anywhere from 6-8 weeks. ...Read more


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I now have a mallet finger. What types of surgery can fix it?

I now have a mallet finger. What types of surgery can fix it?

Pins, pins and wire: Surgical repair may be considered when mallet finger injuries also show signs of large fracture fragments or joint malalignment. In these cases, surgery is done to repair the fracture using pins, pins and wire, or even small screws. Surgery may also be considered if nonsurgical treatment fails. ...Read more

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My Doctor told me I have Mallet Finger, it has been in a split for over 2 months now. it's still sensitive, how likely is it that I will need surgery?

My Doctor told me I have Mallet Finger, it has been in a split for over 2 months now. it's still sensitive, how likely is it that I will need surgery?

Mallet finger: Is your doctor a hand surgeon? If not than I suggest you seek in person visit. The need for surgical intervention in "mallet fingers" depends upon the degree of injury. If after 6 to 8 weeks in splint there is still some degree of deviation than only surgery can correct.. ...Read more

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What is the mallet finger recovery time?

What is the mallet finger recovery time?

3 months: These require full time splinting for 6-8 weeks and then part time splinting for an additional month. When i say full time i mean full time. If the splint comes off and the finger droops you start from scratch. The splint also has to stay dry. There are relativly minor injuries but can be a major headache. ...Read more

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How much willtrigger finger surgery cost?

How much willtrigger finger surgery cost?

Depends: Center for medicare medicaid services sets standard fee schedule( http://www.Cms.Hhs.Gov/pfslookup/) most common surgical treatment is "tendon sheath incision" ~$540. Every insurer will pay more for procedure then the standard fee. In general though, there is an increase of 1.5-3x increase of the standard fee for a procedure. So, surgeon/anesthesiologist/facilities can total around $2000. ...Read more

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I have suspected mallet finger so what now?

I have suspected mallet finger so what now?

Splint: Mallet finger is from rupture of the distal extensor tendon or a fracture of the distal phalanx. The finger should be x-rayed to check for a fracture. Most mallets are treated by splinting 24/7 for 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever treated from mallet finger?

Has anyone ever treated from mallet finger?

Mallet finger: You should have an xray of the finger to check for fracture. If there is, need to make sure there is no evidence of joint subluxation. The vast majority of mallet fingers are treated with splinting of the finger fully extended straight. If fracture with subluxation, needs to be pinned. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are some common causes of mallet finger?

What are some common causes of mallet finger?

A mallet finger: Can be from a pulled tendon or a fracture. In both cases thre is incontinuity of the extensor tendon to the tip of the finger causing a droop as far as causes. It has also been called baseball finger ( hint there) i've seen it from making a bed . Basketball, workplace trauma sports, laceration , dog leashes, reigns from riding horses, falls . Torque feom machinery essentially any trauma. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: mallet finger?

What is the definition or description of: mallet finger?

Tear of the tendon: Mallet finger is caused by a tear of the extensor tendon at the joint closer to the fingertip. It happens most commonly from a trauma which causes sudden flexion of the joint. The patient will notice that a 'droop' is present with the fingertip and is unable to extend at the joint. The good news is that most can be handled nonoperatively with splinting anywhere from 6-8 weeks. See a hand doc. ...Read more

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Need tips for someone who has suffered from mallet finger?

Need tips for someone who has suffered from mallet finger?

A mallet finger: Is when the extensor tendon at the tip of a finger ruptures. The rupture of this tendon can involve the tendon alone, be associated with a small bone fragment or fracture or can be associated with a fracture that requires significant care. The fingertip joint cannot extend and droops or lags despite effort to activley extend. http://www.handctr.com/mallet-finger-baseball-finger-102.html. ...Read more