Trigger finger treatment

Trigger finger
Trigger finger
Trigger finger

Treatment Overview

Objective: To correct the blocking of the finger in the bent position or the snap that occurs when bending or straightening the finger.
Anaesthesia: Local
Procedure duration: 15 minutes
Pain level: 2/10
Recovery time: 2 to 6 weeks
Resumption of physical activities: 6 weeks

Dr. Boudana performs this surgery in a private clinical setting and the procedure is not covered by health insurance. As such, the patient must pay for the entire cost of the procedure.

However, please note that this procedure is one of the treatments covered by health insurance and offered in hospitals by surgeons. In this setting, the patient does not have to pay for the procedure.

What is trigger finger?

The flexor tendons of the hand are surrounded by a protective sheath, that allows fingers to flex and bend. When the tendon’s sheath becomes irritated or inflamed, it interferes with the gliding motion of the tendon through the sheath. This can cause blocking and subsequent inflammation. This blockage usually occurs in the narrower area of the sheath called the pulley. Sometimes a nodule (lump) may form in the tendon and further contribute to the blockage.

In concrete terms, this means that the affected finger snaps and hurts when it is extended. Sometimes the finger remains blocked in flexion or complete flexion is no longer possible. Often there is pain at the base of the finger.

What are the treatments for trigger finger?

The initial treatment of trigger finger is nonsurgical: it combines resting the joint and anti-inflammatory medication. If symptoms do not improve, cortisone injections may be required.

Surgery is only performed as a last resort in case the cortisone injections (typically three) do not work or if the condition returns.

The procedure

The surgery is performed under local anaesthesia. An incision of about 1 cm to 3 cm is made at the base of the finger to cut the part of the tendon sheath called the pulley, allowing a better gliding of the tendon and a release of the blockage.

The incision is then typically closed with absorbable stitches and a non-adhesive dressing is applied.

Where is the operation performed?

Dr. Boudana only operates on patients in private state-of-the-art operating rooms accredited by Accreditation Canada. This accreditation is a guarantee that the facilities meet stringent safety and quality standards.

After surgery

After the surgery, you will receive a personalized follow-up. Our nurses will also be available to you.

You will be given a postoperative instruction sheet when you are discharged as well as a prescription for pain medication.

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