Stenosing Tenosynovitis (Trigger Finger/Thumb)

Trigger finger is a "catching" of the tendon when a finger or thumb is extended due to swelling of the tendon sheath. Causes are unclear but do commonly occur in people with diabetes or arthritis.

Non-surgical treatment is by way of splinting the finger and anti-inflammatory medication, but if this is unsuccessful, surgery may be indicated. Surgery to relieve the triggering is usually done as a day only procedure under a general anaesthetic with torniquet control, releasing the spot where the tendon catches. Patients can usually return to work within the week.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. The information provided here is for general educational purposes only. If you would like to know more, please contact us on (02) 9868 5155 to arrange an appointment or e-mail any enquiries to Dr Peter Haertsch.