Trigger Finger Surgery
Do you have those experiences when one of your fingers gets locked while you can move the rest and all of a sudden snaps out of it? If you have experienced this for an already extended period, then this you probably have the condition called Flexor Tendinitis or more popularly known as the trigger finger. This condition is called as such because whenever you try to move your fingers to a certain direction (either to close it or open), certain finger or fingers get locked and then suddenly snaps just like a trigger. Having trigger finger makes the use of the hands quite troublesome especially if you have to work on a keyboard. While having trigger finger is in no way a life threatening condition, you may still want to undergo a trigger finger surgery in order to let your fingers work as they should be working.
Opting for a trigger finger surgery is not a troublesome operation to undertake, as this one is just an outpatient operation. This means that you can leave the hospital after the surgery and you don’t have to stay at the hospital even for a night. Before undertaking a trigger finger surgery, you must first ask for the opinion of the doctor if such thing is already necessary because sometimes, you can treat this condition by yourself – that is, if the condition doesn’t keep on persisting for too long. Once you have noticed that the trigger finger is still there, don’t go for a trigger finger surgery yet, because you may still opt for a therapist for such a case. Therapists can help in identifying the area of inflammation that causes the trigger finger and provide the necessary massage and other treatments like acupressure to make your fingers more comfortable. They may also provide a custom-fit splint for the case of your finger if they deem that it could help.
An alternative for this operation may also be suggested which is the injection of corticosteroid on the affected area. This usually works for months or even for a year on most patients. If the condition still persists, the surgeon would then recommend having a simple surgical operation. Once the doctor has confirmed that your condition really is a problem, he might strongly recommend that you need to take a trigger finger surgery and after convincingly explaining to you why, then go for it. During the process of a trigger finger surgery, the surgeon will only cut a small wound towards the sheath on the finger that binds the tendon. This sheath will be enlarged by cutting a portion of it and letting it heal by itself. Once the natural healing of the newly cut sheath, the tendon will now have more space and it’ll no longer be stuck during movement. As said before, trigger finger surgery is just an outpatient operation and only requires the use of local anesthesia so there is not really much to worry about this surgery. The success rate of trigger finger surgery is very high and recurring conditions are very rare.