Trigger Finger Surgery
Trigger Finger treatment through surgery is the most popular form of treatment, but what are the risks accompanying it?
Trigger Finger Surgery, Recovery, and Risks:
Trigger Finger surgery is often recommended in cases where doctors may fear permanent stiffness of your finger in a bent position. Should home treatment for Trigger Finger be considered first?
Procedure – Trigger Finger Release:
This procedure, tenolysis, and the aim of it is to release the constriction that is blocking the tendon from gliding easily in the tendon sheath. The procedure is commonly carried out under local anesthesia. Either a small incision is made in the palm for the procedure, or the tip of a syringe is used for it.
Once the procedure is done, the patient may feel soreness in the affected area. The incision made will heal quickly, but a recovery period of four-six months is necessary for your hand or fingers to become free of swelling and stiffness.
A physical therapist may be needed for movement exercises to prevent the stiffness from staying and to help you to regain movement of your hand again.
What are the Risks Involved?
Like any surgery, this procedure has its risks:
- Stiffness, soreness, and swelling on the affected finger may persist.
- You may never be able to straighten that finger again.
- The locking and clicking may persist.
- Nerve injury at the site
- Reduced range of motion after surgery
Though these complications do not take place every time, surgery is still a risk. Experts suggest that trigger finger treatment without surgery should be tried before rushing into a risky and expensive procedure.