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Trigger Finger Surgery for Patients from Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, VA & throughout the Peninsula

Trigger finger surgery may be recommended to treat a painful condition caused by the irritation and inflammation of the tendons and pulleys within a finger. At the point where a tendon enters a finger, the tendon travels through a tunnel formed by a series of pulleys that facilitate smooth motion. When this structure becomes inflamed, the resulting sensation is very unique, and sometimes brings to mind a trigger that is being pulled and released. The condition can cause the finger to feel like it is locked in a bent position, and then painfully “snap” when straightened. For expert treatment of trigger finger, including trigger finger surgery and non-surgical approaches, patients in the Hampton, Williamsburg, and Newport News, Virginia, region can consult with the fellowship-trained surgeons and hand specialists at Tidewater Orthopaedics.

The exact causes of trigger finger are unknown. The condition usually develops gradually with repetitive, forceful movements of a finger, or as a result of an underlying condition like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or diabetes. An inflamed finger tendon can thicken, making its passage through the protective sheath that surrounds it more difficult. The first symptom is often tenderness felt at the base of the affected finger.

The goal of trigger finger surgery and other treatments is to allow for full movement of the finger without discomfort. The experienced hand specialists at Tidewater Orthopaedics in Hampton Roads typically recommend that a patient attempt one or more conservative therapies before considering surgery. For instance, many patients are able to find adequate relief through:

  • Activity modification
  • Oral anti-inflammatory medications
  • Splinting
  • Corticosteroid injections

In severe cases, trigger finger surgery might be recommended to widen the tendon sheath and allow the tendon to slide through it more easily. Afterward, many patients are able to resume normal, active use of the hand once comfort permits. To facilitate this process, the excellent in-house team of hand therapists at Tidewater Orthopaedics can collaborate with the surgeon to develop an appropriate hand therapy program.

To learn more about trigger finger surgery and other treatment options, or to schedule a consultation with a hand specialist, please call Tidewater Orthopaedics at 757-827-2480. We see patients at both of our offices, which are conveniently located in Hampton, VA, and Williamsburg, VA.