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Trigger Finger

What Is Trigger Finger Syndrome?

Trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, occurs whenever one of your finger’s tendon sheath (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 some trigger finger symptoms may even make a snapping noise like that of a trigger being pulled whenever they straighten.

What Is the Cause of Trigger Finger Syndrome?

When the tendons responsible for straightening and bending the fingers or thumb become inflamed, trigger finger syndrome results. This may happen due to overuse of the affected tendon, 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 trigger finger.

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What Are the Symptoms of Trigger Finger Syndrome?

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.

How Is Trigger Finger Surgery Performed?

Performed under local anesthesia, trigger finger release surgery requires an incision across the base of the affected finger to access the sheath of the flexor tendon. This tendon sheath will then be cut slightly to widen the tunnel and allow 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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Is Trigger Finger Surgery Right for Me?

If you have regular or severe episodes of trigger finger, surgery could be needed to allow you full use of your fingers or thumb.

What Does Trigger Finger Surgery Cost?

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
  • Cash

Why Choose Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery?

Trigger finger syndrome can greatly affect your quality of life, which is why it is important to trust your care to only the best surgeons. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Humphrey, has many years of experience performing hand surgeries and will tailor your procedure to meet your own unique needs. Our Plastic Surgery office is located 58 miles from Marion, IL and 66 miles from Farmington, MO.

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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.

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