Trigger Finger Release

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute is proud to offer trigger finger release surgery. Our experienced hand surgeons offer you the comprehensive care you need for an effective procedure and a successful recovery. Our surgeons are fellowship-trained in hand surgery and specialize exclusively in caring for upper extremity conditions.

What is trigger finger release?

Trigger finger, a condition that causes a finger to become stuck in a bent position, can be painful and cause limited movement and weakness in the fingers. The problem occurs when the tendon that bends the finger gets stuck in a portion of the tendon sheath.  To cure a trigger finger, your doctor may try either injections or surgical treatment.  During a procedure called trigger finger release surgery, your doctor opens the area of the tendon sheath where your tendon is getting stuck, thereby curing your trigger finger.

What does trigger finger release involve?

The goal of trigger finger release is to create a wider opening in the sheath so that the tendon can slide through it more easily. During the procedure, your surgeon makes a small incision in your palm and opens the tendon sheath tunnel in order to release it. This is a minor procedure that can be done with wide-awake-hand-surgery or with light sedation.  Patients go home the same day with the ability to use their hands for light activity.  After your procedure, we offer comprehensive aftercare to ensure a successful recovery.

What does trigger finger release recovery involve?

Recovery from trigger finger release surgery generally takes around two weeks. During this time, your surgeon may recommend the following:

  • Rest the affected hand
  • Limit the use of your finger
  • Anti-inflammatory medication

What are the benefits of undergoing trigger finger treatment?

Our goal is for you to experience the following benefits after having trigger finger release surgery:

  • Finger pain relief
  • Improved range of motion in the finger
  • Decreased inflammation and swelling in the finger
  • Decreased pressure in the hand and finger

Why is trigger finger surgery performed?

Trigger finger release surgery is generally required if you suffer from trigger finger, which occurs as a result of repeated irritation of the protective covering that is found around the finger’s tendon. When the covering is irritated, it can become swollen, thick, and bumpy, which prevents the tendon from smoothly gliding through.

 

If you believe you may need trigger finger release surgery, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience treating a wide range of hand and finger conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive trigger finger care in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Our Specialists

Hand, Wrist & Elbow

John S. Foley, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Curtis Mitchell Henn, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow
PhonePhone: 202-444-0335

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
Ryan M. Jander, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase

General Orthopedics

John P. Byrne, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Bruce Robert Knolmayer, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Kevin McMahon, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
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Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
18109 Prince Philip Drive, Suite 325 Olney, MD, 20832
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