- Clicking, snapping, or locking when you move your finger
- Finger stuck in a bent position
- Pain in hands
- Swelling and stiffness in fingers and finger joints
What is Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger results from a tight pulley (ligament) that causes pain. Your finger will likely lock down when you make a fist and you may be unable to extend the finger when you open your hand.
Mild cases of trigger finger may be treated by splinting the affected finger or thumb, avoiding aggravating activities that cause pain, taking anti-inflammatories, and/or receiving corticosteroid injection(s). While non-surgical treatment can relieve mild cases of the condition, surgery may be necessary if it continues to worsen.
Endoscopic Trigger Finger Release (Minimally Invasive)
A surgeon can perform endoscopic trigger finger release, which uses small incisions of only ⅛ to ¼ of an inch long. Through the incisions, the endoscope (small video camera) sends enlarged live video footage of the tendon sheath to a monitor for the surgeon to use as a guide while treating the trigger finger. The area of the tendon sheath constricting the tendon is released to relieve pressure and restore function in the finger. As a result of the small incisions, usually no stitches are needed, and surgical tape is used in its place. Patients can typically return to work the next day with restrictions as necessary.
Open Trigger Finger Release
Traditional open trigger finger release requires a larger incision than the endoscopic procedure to release the tight pulley.