We aim to release your tendon so that you can straighten your finger easily. We cannot remove the bump from your tendon so instead we cut open the entrance to the tendon sheath. This gives your tendon more room to move back and forth.
After the operation you will be able to straighten your finger without the sudden jerk or ‘triggering’ that you have now.
Are there any alternatives?
If your symptoms are mild, we can try an injection of steroid around your tendon. This may make the bump on your tendon shrink away.
What if you do nothing?
The condition is not dangerous. But without an operation your finger will get more painful and may become permanently bent.
Who should have it done?
If your triggering is very severe, or it has returned after a steroid injection, you should consider this operation.
Who should not have it done?
You should not have a general anaesthetic if you have major medical problems, such as high blood pressure or a bad heart. We may be able to do the operation using local or regional anaesthetic instead.
Author: Mr Boyd Goldie MBBS FRCS BSC DHMSA. Consultant in orthopaedics & trauma.
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