Mr. R. James Colville Consultant Plastic Surgeon

BSc, MSc, FRCS, FRCS (Plast)

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Trigger Finger

Trigger finger/thumb is a condition that occurs in the flexor tendons of the hand. On flexing the finger it clicks and it is difficult to straighten and can be painful. 

What causes trigger finger?

Trigger finger is associated with including rheumatoid arthritis, gout diabetes.

What can be done?
Steroid Injection
In the first instance a steroid injection into the affected area, works in about 75% of patients, but the problem can recur about 6 months later.

If the trigger Finger cannot be corrected with a steroid injection or recurs, surgery is an option. This is usually done under a local anaesthetic to the palm and a small incision is made and the constriction released. It takes about 30 minutes and is done a day case.

How long does it take to recover?

The patient is encouraged to open and close their hand, post-operatively and hand therapy may be needed if the fingers remain stiff. The dressing will be changed and The wound is checked at 7 days and dressings and stitches removed after 14 days.

 What can go wrong?

Surgery is safe and results are predictable, but can have complications such as infection, pain and recurrence.  These will be disussed with you at the consultation.