Trigger Finger is also known as Carpal tunnel syndrome. Trigger Finger is a set of symptoms that arises due to compression of the median nerve at the wrist. The median nerve supplies sensation to the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring finger.
Signs and symptoms of Trigger Finger may include
- Weakness in your hand and trouble holding things.
- Numbness, tingling, and pain in your thumb and the first three fingers of your hand.
- Wrist pain at night that interferes with sleep.
- Shock-like feelings that move into your fingers.
Early on in the condition, shaking out your hands might help you feel better. But after some time, it may not make the numbness go away.
In the morning, you may wake up with numbness and tingling in your hands that may run all the way to your shoulder. During the day, your symptoms might flare up while you're holding something with your wrist bent, like when you're driving or reading a book.
As Trigger Fingere gets worse, you may have less grip strength because the muscles in your hand shrink. You'll also have more pain and muscle cramping.
Preparing For Your Trigger Finger Surgery
Before you have your surgery, there are a few preparation tips that we recommend. These will help you through your recovery. You should avoid drinking other beverages, like soda, juice, or milk. It is important to follow your surgeon's pre and post-op advice as this is specific to you.
How long is the recovery from Trigger Finger Surgery?
After the surgery, your stitches would be taken out around 10 days of surgery. It would probably take about 6 weeks for your finger to heal completely. Your stiffness and soreness might go after 4 to 6 months. If you still have pain after the surgery, your doctor would recommend you to do hand exercises or physical therapy. If you can do your job without using the hand, you can also go back to work after 1 or 2 days of surgery.
Post Operative Activities
- Please refer to the hand therapy exercise sheet for patients who have undergone carpal tunnel decompression. The fingers must be kept moving to decrease swelling and patients should observe a 6 week rest period from sport and heavy lifting. Normal activities, such as driving, may be resumed as soon as you are comfortable.
- Your wrist will likely be in a heavy bandage or a splint for 1 to 2 weeks. Then the bandage and stitches are removed. Patients may be referred to physical therapy to improve stiffness and restore range of motion.
- After 2-4 weeks Patients gradually resume activity in the affected hand. You'll probably have pain in your hand and wrist after surgery. It's usually controlled with pain medicines taken by mouth. The surgeon may also have you keep the affected hand elevated while sleeping at night to help decrease swelling.
- After 6 to 8 weeks Patients should be back to nearly full daily life and sporting activities, but still will feel some soreness in the palm to deep pressure or touch. Nighttime symptoms improve, but there may still be some numbness in the fingers.
- Trigger finger release surgery is a low-risk procedure with high success in quickly relieving nighttime and neurological symptoms. Numbness, coordination, and strength in the hand gradually improves over several weeks and months and may improve up to or beyond a year from the surgery.