Trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, occurs whenever one of your fingers (normally the thumb or index finger) become stuck in a crooked position when bending. These bent fingers may appear as though they are gripping the trigger of a gun and may even make a snapping noise like that of a trigger being pulled whenever they straighten.
When the tendons responsible for straightening and bending the fingers or thumb become inflamed, the result is trigger finger syndrome. This may happen due to overuse, as is the case with people who regularly perform gripping motions in their line of work. It is more common in women than in men, and those with gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes are also more prone to developing it.
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The most noticeable symptom is typically stiffness in the fingers, which may then lead to the finger locking in a bent position. There may also be clicking or popping noises present whenever you move your finger. Some patients experience tenderness, swelling or the development of nodules in the affected finger.
Performed under local anesthesia, trigger finger surgery requires an incision across the base of the affected finger in order to access the sheath of the flexor tendon. This tendon sheath will then be cut slightly to widen the tunnel and provide for better movement. Your wounds will then be sewn shut and bandaged. Once we are confident there are no complications arising from your anesthesia, you will be released from our office, provided you have someone available to drive you home from your appointment.
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If you have regular or severe episodes of trigger finger, surgery could be needed to allow you full use of your fingers or thumb.
Trigger Finger surgery is usually covered by insurance. For self-pay patients, your cost will be discussed during your consultation, along with our convenient payment options that include the following:
- Financing through CareCredit®
- Major credit cards, including Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express
- Personal checks
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Isn’t it time you sought treatment for your hand or wrist disorder? If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms of trigger finger and need treatment, please contact our Cape Girardeau, Missouri office now to schedule an appointment.