Trigger finger or thumb (also known as stenosing tenosynovitis) is a condition that causes a sensation of the finger ‘locking’ or ‘catching’ when bending and straightening. The finger then snaps into place, similar to a trigger being pulled and released.
The tendon in your fingers pulls on the finger bones enabling you to bend and flex your fingers. Trigger finger, otherwise known as stenosing tenosynovitis, occurs when the area around a tendon, the sheath, becomes inflamed and narrows the space. This causes one or more fingers to become bent because they are locked in one position. It’s a painful condition, even if the hand is in a resting position. When attempting to move the finger, you may experience stiffness or hear snapping or popping sounds.
Trigger finger is usually more of a nuisance than a serious condition. However, if the condition is not addressed, the affected finger or thumb may become permanently bent or, less usually, straightened.
Trigger finger is caused by inflammation of the tenosynovium. Inflammation forms a nodule and makes it difficult for the tendon to glide smoothly within its sheath causing “catching” of the finger in a bent position and then suddenly releasing the finger straight.
Other causes of trigger finger can include the following:
Repetitive Motion: Individuals who perform heavy, repetitive hand and wrist movements with prolonged gripping at work or play are believed to be at high risk for developing trigger finger.
Medical Conditions: Conditions associated with developing trigger finger include hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and certain infections such as Tuberculosis.
Commonly reported symptoms associated with trigger finger include the following: –
If non-surgical treatment is not improving the condition, surgery is a good, permanent solution to consider. Surgical treatment for trigger finger or thumb is called ‘tenolysis’, most commonly known as ‘trigger finger release’. To perform this surgery, Dr. Arash Izadpanah uses a minimally invasive method called key-hole surgery. Key hole surgery is a quick and effective surgery that offers numerous benefits including reduced risk of infection and faster recovery times.
You will have a soft dressing that covers your hand and part of the finger that was released. You can expect your operative finger, and perhaps its neighbors, to be numb from the local anesthetic for about 24 hours.
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Dr Arash Izadpanah is one of the best Hand surgeons in Montreal. He will work closely with you to help you achieve your ideal results.
What to expect when having a Trigger Finger Surgery with Dr Izadpanah?
Prior to booking your Trigger Finger surgery with Dr Izadpanah, you will have a consultation with him at the location that is most convenient to you (please contact his office to find out where).
If you are unable to meet Dr Izadpanah in person, you may request a Skype or Facetime consultation.
Dr Izadpanah will collaborate closely with you to determine the best plan of action for you. You will go over the risks and recovery together, as well as what your desired result is. It is extremely important to Dr Izadpanah that you make informed choices, and that you are on the same page regarding outcome expectations.
Only you can decide what your version of a beauty ideal is, so Dr Izadpanah will discuss this with you so that you will be happy with your Trigger Finger surgery. You are encouraged to bring in photos of what you are expecting so that it can be discussed, as well as a list of questions and/or concerns to your appointment.
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