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I want to know the success rate of surgical treatment of trigger finger. I have had three cortisone injections already and it seems the next thing to do is surgical treatment. But I am scared of three prospects:
1. general success rate of the surgery
2. chance to damage the nerves
3. after surgery condition

Thanks in advance.

If you don't want the surgery, try putting more electralites in your body, I had a friend that this worked for, her's was in her thumb and had bothered her for years, now it's gone.
Another alternative would be to see a kineseologist.  (+ info)

Trigger Finger?

I have trigger finger on both thumbs. Cysts have grown over them. I thought it was just tendinitis and would get better. The Dr. says I am going to have to have surgery. What caused this? I am scared.

I've never heard of that condition,but it sounds like you and the doctors are working it out,just relax and it will be OK soon !  (+ info)

Trigger finger?

my doctor says that I have trigger finger ,when I cench my fist and then open it my middle finger stays locked and i have to phisicaly
unlock it I would like to know more info on what is involved in the operation and how long it will be tillI can use my hand again

The operation is pretty straight forward and recovery time is good. You should be fully using your finger again within 4 - 6 weeks;  (+ info)

What is trigger finger? What could be the possible complication if it is not operated?

If the trigger finger is not operated, will this create any complication? What is the treatment? Would appreciate professional response in this. Thanks.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Trigger finger is a condition in which one of your fingers or your thumb catches in a bent position. Your finger or thumb may straighten with a snap — like a trigger being pulled and released. If trigger finger is severe, your finger may become locked in a bent position.

Often painful, trigger finger is caused by a narrowing of the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger. People whose work or hobbies require repetitive gripping actions are more susceptible. Trigger finger is also more common in women than in men, and in anyone with diabetes.
Treatment of trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, varies depending on the severity.

■Rest. You may notice improvement simply by resting the affected hand for four to six weeks. To prevent the overuse of your affected finger, your doctor may also suggest you change or curtail work or personal activities that require repeated gripping actions.
■Splinting. Your doctor may have you wear a splint to keep the affected finger in an extended position for up to six weeks. The splint helps to rest the joint. Splinting also helps prevent you from curling your fingers into a fist while sleeping, which can make it painful to move your fingers in the morning.
■Finger exercises. Your doctor may also suggest that you perform gentle exercises with the affected finger. This can help you to maintain mobility in your finger.
■Avoiding repetitive gripping. For at least three to four weeks, avoid activities that require repetitive gripping, repeated grasping or the prolonged use of vibrating machinery.
■Soaking in warm water. Placing your affected hand in warm water, especially in the morning, may reduce the severity of the catching sensation during the day. If this helps, you can repeat the soaking several times throughout the day.
■Massage. Massaging your affected fingers may feel good and help relieve your pain, but it won't affect the inflammation.
Treatment of more serious cases
For more serious symptoms, your doctor may recommend other approaches, including:

■Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs — ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), for example — may relieve the inflammation and swelling that led to the constriction of the tendon sheath and trapping of the tendon, and can relieve the pain associated with trigger finger.
■Steroids. An injection of a steroid medication, such as cortisone, near or into the tendon sheath also can be used to reduce inflammation of the sheath. This treatment is most effective if given soon after signs and symptoms begin. Injections can be repeated if necessary, though repeated injections may not be as effective as the initial injection. Steroid injections may not be as effective in people with other medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes.
■Percutaneous trigger finger release. In this procedure, which is performed under local anesthesia, doctors use a needle to release the locked finger. This procedure is most effective for the index, middle and ring fingers.
■Surgery. Though less common than other treatments, surgical release of the tendon may be necessary for troublesome locking that doesn't respond to other treatments.
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Is there an organic (free) way to treat trigger finger - How did I get it?

I did not know I had it untl I got stung by a bee on the same finger which swole up and now catches and locks into trigger position. To unhook it I just have to push and it pops causing a pain sensation all the way up to my shoulder. I have no insurance, and probably would not use cortisone or surgery if I did. I've put it in a splint rite now. Any suggestions.

There is not enough of a trace mineral in your diet. Start by adding electrolytes, and then eat food that contain trace mineral and there by the process of elimination, you will fine the mineral you need.  (+ info)

How fast can I go back to work after trigger finger surgery(I do accounting)?

I am a right handed person and will probably need surgery for a trigger finger in right thumb as cortisone shots don't seem to be working. I am accountant and use my computer for work so can I go back to work after 2 days. Also has surgery helped you with this problem

2 days after surgrey  (+ info)

How do you treat "Trigger Finger" without injections or surgery? This is pain in the hand and fingers.

67 years old. Recently took up golf. Now have pain in my fingers of both hands. In internet searches, I found that "trigger finger" most resembles my problem.

probably physical therapy, moist heat, massage, and something like ibuprofen to reduce irritation and inflammation. If you can get ultrasound on the area that will help as well. You need to stretch your finger as much as possible too. With your age, you might have some arthritic changes in the hand/fingers as well and the gripping could have triggered it. Those little stress balls they sell in stores are good for exercising the hand. For exercises, you want to do stretches like flexion and extension. Extension is putting your hand out straight, taking your other hand and gently pulling your knuckle side of fingers upwards. You would be palm of one hand touching palm of other, you'd push your wrist upwards toward your body, then the opposite way downwards as if you were curling your hand. Those will help stretch things but you probably will need to have some intervention, anti inflammatory drug like ibuprofen, moist heat, and ultrasound are the best ways to help it go away.  (+ info)

What is a non-surgical way to treat "trigger finger"?

TF is a tendency for a finger to stay flexed, especially in the morning.

try sleeping with one of those metal and blue cusion like, slip on finger casts?  (+ info)

Is it possible for intense exercise to trigger a manic episode for someone with bipolar disorder?

Now that I am aware of my disorder, I often don't want to engage in arobic exercise because of the rush I get afterwards. I am so scared of going manic again because for me, the euphoria quickly disintegrates into irritability and hostility. I hate the roller coaster ride, but I am also frustrated with weight gain from my meds, and I know that exercise could help with that.

Exercise will not make you manic, the rush from exercise is a good, healthy, rush....... Keep exercising!!  (+ info)

Had three stitches on my palm beneath my trigger finger the wound has healed already but tingles when touched?

Every time i put pressure on the wounded area it feels hard and i get this tingling like needle poking feeling that goes through my trigger finger too. Finger is half numb too. Is it still infected even after 10 days of cephalexin?

No, I'm sure your skin is still getting used to touch. Sort of how sores hurt at first when you get water in them, but after awhile it doesn't hurt anymore. Just give it a few days and if it is still numb, go see your doctor.  (+ info)

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