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Since my carpal tunnel release I have developed trigger finger, could the previous surgery have set it off?

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Dr. Randy Hauck
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Hands often swell after surgery and triggering comes from swelling.
On the other hand, many patients with carpal tunnel syndrome often have swelling causing the problem in the first place.

In brief: Yes

Hands often swell after surgery and triggering comes from swelling.
On the other hand, many patients with carpal tunnel syndrome often have swelling causing the problem in the first place.
Dr. Randy Hauck
Dr. Randy Hauck
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, but not likely

Inflammation is common after any surgical procede.
Swelling in the hand after carpal tunnel release may lead to inflammation in the tendons and tendon sheaths. If triggering occurs, oral/injectable steroids and therapy should relieve symptoms.

In brief: Yes, but not likely

Inflammation is common after any surgical procede.
Swelling in the hand after carpal tunnel release may lead to inflammation in the tendons and tendon sheaths. If triggering occurs, oral/injectable steroids and therapy should relieve symptoms.
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Eon Shin
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Unlikely

There is an association between carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger.
One probably did not lead to the other, though the timing is often quite coincidental.

In brief: Unlikely

There is an association between carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger.
One probably did not lead to the other, though the timing is often quite coincidental.
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin
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