Hand Surgery

Trigger finger

Stenosing tenosynovitis, better known as “trigger finger,” develops when the sheaths covering the tendons in the fingers start to thicken and impede movement. This condition causes the joints of the finger to lock up and prevent them from bending. Pain and stiffness may also result.

Prior to recommending surgery, most patients will be managed with a simple steroid injection which is performed in the surgeon’s rooms. This will often provide long term relief and in most cases will help patients to avoid surgery all together.

If surgery is required, this will be a day surgery procedure that involves making a small incision in the palm to access the tendon sheath. Surgery to correct trigger finger involves cutting the tendon sheath so the tendon can move freely.

Risks & Potential Complications

Risks & Possible Complications of Trigger Finger Surgery include:

  • Scarring: Visible scars at the incision site.
  • Infection: Risk of infection at the incision site.
  • Nerve Damage: Temporary or permanent numbness or tingling in the finger.
  • Stiffness: Postoperative stiffness in the finger.
  • Incomplete Release: Persistence of symptoms if the release is not complete.
  • Recurrence: Symptoms may return over time.
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): A chronic pain condition that can develop after surgery.

Call us to Discuss Your Tigger Finger Procedure Options

More often than not, the longer you put off getting treatment for a hand-related condition the worse it gets. What starts out as a mild discomfort or minor problem can soon turn into a serious condition. A consultation with one of our specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeons will not only answer all your questions, but also help you determine whether hand surgery is necessary.

At Niche Plastic Surgery, our team is made up of qualified hand surgeons. Our established facility has provided treatment and services for over three decades. We serve patients from St Vincents, Latrobe, St Vincents Kew and East Melbourne, as well as other nearby areas. To schedule a consultation, contact Niche Plastic Surgery on 9853 9705.