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Trigger Finger Release
Dr. James Chen, M.D. - In San Francisco, CA



A surgical procedure performed to release an inflamed tendon sheath that may cause pain and locking of a finger. A small incision is made at the base of the symptomatic finger. The tendon and its sheath are exposed. A segment of the tendon sheath is cut to free up the tendon. This allows the finger to be flexed and extended without catching and relieves the pain associated with the inflamed tissue.

Common Questions about Trigger Finger Release

What causes trigger finger?

Trigger finger is caused by inflammation in the tendon sheath which prevents the tendon from functioning normally and often leaves a finger stuck in a bent position. When released from this bent position, a popping noise may be heard.

Are there non-surgical options for a trigger finger?

Yes, there are non-surgical options to treat a trigger finger. Splinting, NSAIDs, and physical therapy are all non-surgical options that should be considered. A steroid injection may also be used. If these non-surgical options do not alleviate symptoms, surgery may be considered.

How is a trigger finger release performed?

A trigger finger release is performed by making an incision at the base of the finger, exposing the tendon sheath, and cutting a portion of the tendon sheath to release the tendon.

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