Trigger finger release

Stenosing tenosynovitis

​Trigger finger release is a small operation that can be carried out to help your fingers move freely

What is trigger finger release?

Trigger finger, which is also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a painful condition where your finger or thumb jams or locks.

If steroid injections fail to treat the condition, a small operation can be done to stop your tendons from catching in the tunnels in your hand.

Need to know

  • What happens during a trigger finger release? icon plus

    A local anaesthetic will be used to numb the area of your palm where a small cut will be made. Your surgeon will then open the fibrous tunnel that is causing the trigger finger. This will release the tight sheath and allow the tendon in your hand to glide freely again. The area will be stitched up and your hand bandaged. The operation usually takes about 20 minutes.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you. They'll also be able to tell you how to prepare and answer any questions you may have.
  • After your surgery icon plus

    You should be able to go home the same day. You may need someone to help you get home. You should keep your hand raised and bandaged for two days. Your consultant will be able to tell you when you can get back to your usual routine. Surgery for trigger finger is usually successful and it's rare for the condition to return.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

We offer this treatment at a fixed price at some of our facilities.

Our hand and wrist consultants

We're proud to work with leading hand and wrist surgeons who specialise in trigger finger, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex hand and wrist surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional orthopaedic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request a hand and wrist appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced hand and wrist consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient hand therapist appointments for you.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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