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Trigger Finger (Definition)

A common disorder of later adulthood characterized by catching, snapping, or locking of thei finger flexor tendon, associated ...Read more


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What is the usual recuperative time after trigger finger surgery on dominant hand? In other words, when might I expect to at least partially use hand?

What is the usual recuperative time after trigger finger surgery on dominant hand? In other words, when might I expect to at least partially use hand?

Trigger finger: Typically you can use the hand for simple tasks right away. Wound takes 10-14 days to heal. Palm can remain sore for 3-4 weeks. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is trigger finger surgery?

What is trigger finger surgery?

Trigger surgery: Trigger release surgery is release of the first part of the flexor tendon sheath and pulleys in palm. ...Read more

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How does trigger finger surgery work?

How does trigger finger surgery work?

A1 Pulley release: Trigger finger surgery works by releasing the a1pulley to allow the fingers flexor tendon to glide freely. ...Read more

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To what extent does trigger finger surgery cost?

To what extent does trigger finger surgery cost?

Variable: Depends on type of anesthesia, location of surgery office vs hospital vs surgical center. Some cases can be treated with more limited options i.e. Limited incision using a needle. Seek care with hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What is cost of trigger finger surgery approximately?

What is cost of trigger finger surgery approximately?

Many factors: This is a questions that should be answered by the surgeons financial counselor staff. It depends on the fee from the surgeon and wether it is performed in a surgical center or hospital and what insurance you are using. There are cash price options so price is very transparent. For example we post the price in our clinic so patients are not surprised. ...Read more

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When should I return to work after having trigger finger surgery how long before I can return to work

When should I return to work after having trigger finger surgery how long before I can return to work

Depends on treatment: With the traditional procedures it is usually within 2 weeks however with some of the minimal invasive procedures such as endoscopic or percutaneous procedures there are no sutures that need removal and activity including working is allowed within the first week. ...Read more

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Just had trigger finger surgery how long should I be out of work I also work in a kitchen how long should I be out of work

Just had trigger finger surgery how long should I be out of work I also work in a kitchen how long should I be out of work

Until sutures out: Every patient varies how they respond to trigger finger release not only between each other, but also finger to finger and left to right. Also depending on the severity (if there was a contracture) it may take longer to rehabilitate. The primary concern would be osha requirements with the wounds, and therefore sutures typically have to be out. Many compliant patients can flex immediately. ...Read more

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I had trigger finger surgery last Wednesday is it okay to get stitches wet in the shower?

I had trigger finger surgery last Wednesday is it okay to get stitches wet in the shower?

Yes: I let my patients get the incision wet 48-72 hours after surgery. However, every surgeon is different and it's best if you ask your surgeon what his protocol is as many hand surgeons like to leave the wound covered for up to a week. ...Read more

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I am having trigger finger surgery on my thumb and don't know what to expect?

I am having trigger finger surgery on my thumb and don't know what to expect?

Mild discomfort: I perform trigger thumb surgery under local anesthetic. It usually takes about 10-15 min. To identify and release the a1 pulley, which is what causes triggering. After surgery, the thumb will be immobilized for a few days. It takes about 2 weeks for the wound to heal. During the healing phase, you will be able to use the thumb. Narcotic pain medicine may be needed for a short time, post-op. ...Read more

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So I am scheduled for trigger finger surgery soon I have a lot of anxiety can I be sedated for this procedure?

So I am scheduled for trigger finger surgery soon I have a lot of anxiety can I be sedated for this procedure?

Yes: You can certainly request that you either be consciously sedated or have full anesthesia done for this procedure. However most of our patients do quite well With either minimal sedation or Full conscious sedation. ...Read more

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Can carpal tunnel and trigger finger surgery be done at the same time?

Can carpal tunnel and trigger finger surgery be done at the same time?

Yes, minor surgery: Both conditions are common and can be performed at the same time. It will only take a few minutes as an outpatient surgical procedure. ...Read more

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Is Trigger finger surgery an outpatient procedure or is it done in Dr office? How long is the recovery period? Any info is appreciated. Thanks!

Is Trigger finger surgery an outpatient procedure or is it done in Dr office? How long is the recovery period? Any info is appreciated. Thanks!

Yes: Trigger finger surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you are not admitted to the hospital for it. It can be done in a hospital OR, or a surgery center, or a doctors office based primarily on the resources the individual physician has available to him. ...Read more

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What is the average cost of trigger finger release surgery?

What is the average cost of trigger finger release surgery?

Hard to say, but: Look for a hand surgeon who does the procedure with local anaesthesia in his office. This avoids the extra cost of hospital or surgery center facility fee and avoids the anaesthesia fee. It is like going to the dentist. Since it is done in the office, you and the doctor can agree on a fee. ...Read more

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Do I need to get surgery if I have a trigger finger?

Do I need to get surgery if I have a trigger finger?

Trigger finger: Sometimes surgery is required. A cortisone injection may relieve the problem without surgery. ...Read more

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Have there been any advances in the last few years in surgery for trigger finger? What surgical/non-surgical advances do you expect?

Have there been any advances in the last few years in surgery for trigger finger? What surgical/non-surgical advances do you expect?

This surgery is very: Straightforward in the absence of contracture, significant tenosynovitis, overlyng inflammatory disorders, gouty tendon invasion, tenodesis or arthritic joints that add stiffness. The surgical approach is often the same, incision direction and size may differ but its still in the scheme of things the same. Some speak about limited exposire or ultrasound guided but one still needs to release pulley ...Read more

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Trigger finger on 3rd finger. Shot helped for 8 wonderful weeks now it's back! Should I do another shot or just do surgery? Kind of worried.

Trigger finger on 3rd finger. Shot helped for 8 wonderful weeks now it's back! Should I do another shot or just do surgery? Kind of worried.

Trigger finger: Problem is created by overuse of the involved digit. It usually will improve by lessening the irritating source. This can be accomplished by decreasing the amount of time using that finger. Using NSAIDs, splinting the finger in extension at nite can also help. Try those first before another injection and or surgery. ...Read more

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If I am having right thumb trigger finger relase surgery, what should I expect?

If I am having right thumb trigger finger relase surgery, what should I expect?

Minimal symtoms: The problem should be resolved and most patients return to activities as tolerated the day after surgery. Work may take a little longer due to tje type of work. ...Read more