What is a trigger finger?
Trigger finger symptoms develop after repeated and forceful movements of the affected finger, which irritates the tendon or its sheath, causing inflammation and swelling. If the tendon can no longer slide easily through the sheath, it can bunch up to form a small lump (nodule). Nodules make bending the affecting digit difficult if the tendon gets caught in the sheath before suddenly releasing at a different time, similar to a trigger.
What are the most common trigger finger causes?
Women are at more risk of developing a tendon lock than men.
In addition, adults aged forty to sixty are also at more risk of forming a trigger finger.
You will have an increased chance of being diagnosed with stenosing tenosynovitis if you have other underlying health conditions like arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes, etc.
What is finger release surgery?
Trigger finger treatment involves an incision made near the base of your affected fingers tendon. After that, the surgeon then widens the tendon sheath to relieve pressure on your tendon. After the surgeon tests the mobility of your affected digit, your wound is then stitched back up and bandaged.
Recovering from a trigger finger operation
After the procedure, you usually will be able to move your finger immediately, but you will not be able to restore your full mobility until two weeks after surgery.
In addition, much of the recovery will be tending to the incision made on the affected thumb or finger base. It is common for your palm to feel pain immediately following the procedure.
You may be able to drive again after a few days (3-5) or when you feel it is safe to do so.
If you are working an office job, you may not need any time off work. However, labour-intensive jobs could have you out of work for up to four weeks.
If you need surgery for several fingers, your recovery period may be longer.