A qualified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Francesco Campanile of Campanile Hand Surgery, can help relieve the pain of trigger finger. And, contrary to his title, your trigger finger treatment may not ever require surgery.
What is Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, occurs when the sheath surrounding the tendon in a finger becomes inflamed. This can cause the finger to get stuck in a bent position and, in severe cases, it could get locked in that position.
The Nonsurgical Approach
Trigger finger can also result in the finger bending or straightening with a snap, like a trigger being fired.
Before your jump right to surgery, there are trigger finger treatments outside of the operating room. The first step in trigger finger treatment is often a cortisone injection. This can help shrink the tissue around the tendon, relieving the symptoms of trigger finger. Symptoms can also be managed with anti-inflammatory medications, massage and applying heat or cold to the area.
Trigger Finger Surgery
If it’s decided that more serious intervention is needed, a surgical trigger finger treatment may be necessary. Surgery can be used to enlarge the inflamed portion of the tendon sheath to relieve pressure and help the finger to function normally.
Before you decide on surgery, consider your other trigger finger treatment options. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Campanile to discuss which approach is right for you.