This is a condition that affects the pulleys and tendons that are responsible for bending your fingers. It causes a painful ‘catching’ or ‘locking’ of the fingers or thumb as the tendon catches on the pulley. Ongoing damage every time the tendon ‘catches’ leads to further irritation and swelling. The finger may be difficult to bend (or straighten) and may even become locked in a fixed position.
Dr. Kim performs trigger finger release under local anesthesia. A small incision is made at the base of the affected finger and the pulley is released. The cut is stitched and a light dressing applied. It is encouraged that you start moving your finger almost immediately after surgery. You should be able to return to normal activities as soon as you feel comfortable.