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What You Should Know About Trigger Finger Surgery

Trigger finger can be painful, leaving the finger stuck in a bent or flexed position. When conservative treatment methods such as medication, therapy, splinting, or steroid injections have failed, your physician may recommend surgery. 

The good news is recovery from trigger finger surgery is usually quick and successful. 

What is Trigger Finger? 

Trigger finger is when the finger gets stuck at one or more joints. It can affect the thumb or any of the fingers, making it hard to move the finger and causing pain and discomfort. 

The cause is inflammation of the tendon sheath. Tendons connect bones to muscles and are covered by a sheath. When the sheath becomes inflamed, it becomes difficult for the tendon to glide. The sheath becomes irregular and tight, which causes trigger finger. 

What Happens if Trigger Finger is Not Treated?

If left untreated, trigger finger can become progressively worse. It can become more painful and debilitating. The thumb or finger can become locked in a bent or straight position. You may be unable to uncurl the finger without using your other hand. 

In rare cases, the finger can become contracted and permanently stuck in a locked position if left untreated. 

What Type of Surgery is Done for Trigger Finger? 

There are three different types of surgical options to address trigger finger. All are performed at an outpatient surgical center

Open Surgery

The surgeon will make a small incision in the palm with open surgery. They then cut the tendon sheath so that the tendon can move. The patient is given a local anesthetic, so they do not feel pain during the procedure. Open surgery is usually the preferred surgery for trigger finger. 

Percutaneous Release Surgery

During this procedure, the surgeon inserts a needle into the bottom of the affected finger to cut the tendon sheath. The benefit is it does not leave a wound. The surgery is also done with a local anesthetic for pain management during the procedure. 


A tenosynovectomy is only performed if the other two types of surgery are not appropriate for the patient, such as for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. This surgery removes part of the tendon sheath, releasing the finger. 

Is Trigger Finger Release Surgery Painful?

As stated, trigger finger surgery is performed with a local anesthetic, so you do not feel pain during the procedure, regardless of what type of surgery is performed. 

After surgery, you may experience some pain and soreness that can usually be managed by over-the-counter pain medication. 

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Trigger Finger Surgery? 

Typically, you can move your finger or thumb immediately after surgery. Movement should be gradual, with full movement usually expected 1-2 weeks after your procedure. 

With an open surgery, you may have a dressing you should wear for a few days after the surgery. After it is removed, make sure to keep it clean by washing it with mild soap and water. 

Your surgeon will advise when it is okay to resume activities such as driving and using the computer. It is essential to follow all after-care instructions to have a successful recovery. 

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Where you can Find the Best Orthopedic Surgery Doctors in Raleigh?

Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center is both the largest and most modern ambulatory surgery facility in Eastern North Carolina to specializes exclusively in orthopaedics. Our patients receive outstanding patient satisfaction, superior clinical outcomes and reduced costs.

Expect our board-certified surgeons and experienced staff to provide you with the highest quality of services, including trigger finger surgery. We are with you the entire way, and with our care, you can keep enjoying life even during injury. 

We look forward to getting in touch with you! Call Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center at 919-719-3070 for more information.

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