Advancements in Hand Surgery
Does your finger “click” or get stuck in the bent position? Trigger finger, or stenosing tenosynovitis, is a condition that causes stiffness, pain, and the sensation of locking when bending and straightening your finger.
Until recently, trigger finger release surgery has been performed in the hospital or outpatient surgery center. It can be performed with or without general anesthesia. With technique innovation, trigger finger release can now be performed in the office setting. As a less invasive procedure, the office setting is a safe and comfortable option for many patients experiencing pain from trigger finger.
Benefits of In-Office Trigger Finger Release
Patients who choose the office setting for their trigger finger release report many benefits, such as:
Convenient. Patients can drive themselves to their procedure. Going to the familiar office setting and seeing familiar faces provides patients with reassurance.
• Easier scheduling. With less referrals to other facilities, in-office procedures can be easier to schedule. Additionally, patients do not have to plan their procedure around life events, or save up to use paid time off work.
• Safe. Without general anesthesia, patients incur less risk with in-office trigger finger release.
Patients can drive themselves to their procedure. Going to the familiar office setting and seeing familiar faces provides patients with reassurance.
With fewer referrals to other facilities, in-office procedures can be easier to schedule. Additionally, patients do not have to plan their procedure around life events, or save up to use paid time off work.
Without general anesthesia, patients incur less risk with in-office trigger finger release.
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Who is a Candidate for In-Office Trigger Finger Release?
Anyone who is diagnosed with trigger finger release is a candidate for in-office trigger finger release. This is a great option for patients who do not handle general anesthesia well. Patients who are anxious about operating rooms and surgery tend to prefer the in-office surgery option as well. Many patients find the comparison of an in-office trigger finger to a dental procedure as a way to explain what to expect.
In-office trigger finger release is not for every patient. Your physical exam, medical history, and preferences play a role in determining the optimal procedure facility.
Meet our Hand Surgeon: Dr. Alex Palmer
Dr. Alexander Palmer is a fellowship-trained hand surgeon. With a focus on the patient experience and recovery, he has a passion for in-office procedures.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT TRIGGER FINGER RELEASE IN THE OFFICE
DO I NEED GENERAL ANESTHESIA?
General anesthesia is not used, but we do use local anesthesia on the hand.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Patients are typically discharged immediately following the procedure. The gauze wrap should remain on for 72 hours. During this time, patients may shower, but they are asked not to submerge the area in water. Most patients report minimal pain; if needed, patients can take over-the-counter pain relievers. Patients can typically return to work and most activities within a few days of the procedure.
IS THIS COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Yes, insurance does typically cover an in-office trigger finger release. We encourage you to check with your insurance provider for coverage and benefits.