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Can trigger finger in the thumb be caused by a complication of carpal tunnel release?
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Dr. Aileen Shieu
Surgery - Hand Surgery
7 doctors agree
In brief: Side effect
Carpal tunnel release can cause swelling in your hand afterwards.
Sometimes this may lead to trigger finger, which is due to swelling in your tendon. In addition, after surgery, you may be using your hand more since your fingers are no longer tingling. This can also lead to some swelling in the tendons. Developing trigger finger after surgery is not due to something wrong with the surgery.

In brief: Side effect
Carpal tunnel release can cause swelling in your hand afterwards.
Sometimes this may lead to trigger finger, which is due to swelling in your tendon. In addition, after surgery, you may be using your hand more since your fingers are no longer tingling. This can also lead to some swelling in the tendons. Developing trigger finger after surgery is not due to something wrong with the surgery.
Dr. Aileen Shieu
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Dr. Raymond Raven
Occasionally, patients have subclinical trigger finger/thumb, which is then aggravated or exacerbated by post surgical swelling. That's why it is important to rule out trigger finger in all patients scheduled for carpal tunnel surgery.
Dr. Robert Gluck
Many patients with carpal tunnel syndrome also have thickening of the synovium or lining tissue of the tendons. Many also have symptomatic arthritis. So not unusual to have more than one problem at a time
Dr. Randy Hauck
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Both conditions occur in patients that have swelling in the hand.
They are only related in that they are caused by swelling.

In brief: No
Both conditions occur in patients that have swelling in the hand.
They are only related in that they are caused by swelling.
Dr. Randy Hauck
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Dr. Eon Shin
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: No
I would not consider post-operative trigger finger or trigger thumb a complication of carpal tunnel surgery.
The two conditions are often seen simultaneously. The timing may appear suspect, but one did not lead to the other.

In brief: No
I would not consider post-operative trigger finger or trigger thumb a complication of carpal tunnel surgery.
The two conditions are often seen simultaneously. The timing may appear suspect, but one did not lead to the other.
Dr. Eon Shin
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Dr. Michael Raemisch
Surgery - Hand Surgery
In brief: Not likely
Trigger fingers seem to run with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Swelling from surgery could create a trigger finger, but swelling from carpal tunnel surgery is typically very minor. Trigger finger is very very common and people with carpal tunnel have more trigger fingers.

In brief: Not likely
Trigger fingers seem to run with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Swelling from surgery could create a trigger finger, but swelling from carpal tunnel surgery is typically very minor. Trigger finger is very very common and people with carpal tunnel have more trigger fingers.
Dr. Michael Raemisch
Dr. Michael Raemisch
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