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Trigger Finger Surgery in Houston, TX

Dr. Christopher Hankins, a well-respected plastic and reconstructive surgery specialist, performs trigger finger surgery on resident in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson and the surrounding areas of South Houston.

What is Trigger Finger?

Triggering of the finger occurs when there is thickening of the pulleys that are designed to keep the flexor tendons applied to the bone, much like the eyes of a fishing rod maintain the position of the line close to the pole. In either case in which these structures are not present, bowstringing is the result, which limits the movement created by either the tendon or the fishing line.

Risk factors for trigger finger include diabetes in which sugar becomes attached to the proteins of the tendon pulley, resulting in a process known as glycation. This results in thickening and a decrease in elasticity of the pulley and can deform the tendon that normally glides through it. The tendon can “catch” with the finger in flexion and great force is required to straighten the finger out, which results in a sudden release of the tendon accompanied by pain.

About Trigger Finger Treatment

These may be treated initially by steroid injection, released endoscopically or by the open method. In nearly all cases, it is the A1 pulley that is causing the problem. Simple division of the pulley resolves the issue if the condition does not respond to a steroid injection. A word of caution is that there is a low but not zero risk of spontaneous tendon rupture with steroid injection.

If the injections are unable to provide sufficient pain relief, surgery may be considered as the next option. Typically performed on an outpatient basis, the surgery can take up to two hours and local anesthesia is often used to numb the area. You may also be offered a mild sedative to help relax you and allow you to feel as comfortable as possible during the procedure.

Trigger Finger Surgery Recovery

You should feel immediate relief after surgery and be able to regain your full range of motion in your fingers. Dr. Hankins will give you post-operative instructions specific to your unique situation. Patients are typically able to return to work within a couple of days, with the ability of resume full normal activities within a couple of weeks.

How much does trigger finger surgery cost? Premier Plastic Surgery proudly offers financing options for our patients – call our office for pricing information.

You’ll find relief from trigger finger at Premier Plastic Surgery, under the deft hands of Dr. Christopher Hankins. To learn more about the services we offer or to set up a time for a complimentary consultation, contact the friendly staff today. We’re happy to provide services to men and women in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson and the surrounding areas of South Houston.