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Doctor insights on: Trigger Finger Surgery Complications

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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

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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

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For trigger finger present in thumb, can exercises help it if not doing surgery?

For trigger finger present in thumb, can exercises help it if not doing surgery?

No. Irritation: The irritation will make it worse. Saint it for rest or get a shot of cortisone. Surgery is if all else fails. ...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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Have you ever seen trigger finger (in thumb) heal without cortisone / surgery?

Have you ever seen trigger finger (in thumb) heal without cortisone / surgery?

Trigger thumb: Flexor tenosynovitis (trigger) is very common of all fingers including the thumb. Simple treatment includes consistent use of NSAIDs, avoidance of repetitive finger movements, splinting the involved fingers in extension nightly for 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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Months after carpel tunnel surgery having trigger finger swelling pain, is it normal?

Months after carpel tunnel surgery having trigger finger swelling pain, is it normal?

Common: Since the flexor tendons to the fingers co-habitate with the median nerve in the carpal tunnel, it is not rare for patients with carpal tunnel to eventually get trigger finger. Swelling post carpal tunnel release can lead to changes in the flexor tendon sheath that eventually leads to triggering. Early nsaids or steroid injection may prevent the need for surgery, but surgery is a common option. ...Read more

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Can I safely have surgery on my trigger finger when I have lymphedema in my arm/hand?

Can I safely have surgery on my trigger finger when I have lymphedema in my arm/hand?

Wait till edema: Subsides, trigger finger surgery is simple out patient surgery, edema will delay the wound healing. ...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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How long does it take to heal trigger finger after surgery?

How long does it take to heal trigger finger after surgery?

About 2 weeks:: Once release is done, I encourage my patients to exercise/move the affected finger to prevent any adhesions to form between the tendon and its sheath, and to regain full range of motion.
The incision takes 12-14 days to heal, so sutures are taken out then. ...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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Can trigger finger happen after carpal tunnel surgery?

Can trigger finger happen after carpal tunnel surgery?

Yes: Recent research just published within the last few months does show an increased risk of developing trigger finger after carpal tunnel surgery. The biomechanics of the tendons going through the carpal tunnel are altered slightly after the surgery which can in fact increase the risk of developing trigger finger. ...Read more

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Is it common after carpal tunnel surgery to get trigger finger?

Is it common after carpal tunnel surgery to get trigger finger?

Yes: There has been new research demonstrating an increased risk of trigger finger after carpal tunnel surgery. The release of the thick ligament which is causing compression on the nerve does alter the biomechanics of the tendons slightly which can increase the chances of developing trigger finger. This article was just published within the last few months. ...Read more

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Is the surgery for trigger finger recommended?

Is the surgery for trigger finger recommended?

Sometimes: Surgery has excellent results in relieving trigger finger. Occasionally patients will respond to conservative management such as steroid injections and do not require further treatment. Patients with diabetes generally do not respond as well from injections and require surgery more often than those without diabetes. Other options include endoscopic and percutaneous release. ...Read more