Carpal Tunnel Surgery
What is Trigger Finger/Thumb surgery?
Surgery for trigger finger or thumb aims to remove the fibrous tissue which is affecting the movement. The surgeon will make a small cut over the area of your palm, cutting through to the thickening to release it. The surgeon will then check that the tendon and your finger/thumb move smoothly. The procedure lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes and is performed as a day case under local anaesthetic. You will be awake during the procedure and can usually go home approximately 1 hour after the procedure is completed.
The goal of treatment in trigger finger and trigger thumb is to eliminate swelling and catching/locking, allowing full, painless movement of the finger or thumb.
Common treatments include, but are not limited to:
What should I expect before the operation?
Before the operation the Surgeon will explain the procedure, ensure that surgery is the right option for you, give you an opportunity to ask any questions, and you will be asked to sign a consent form. This confirms that you understand the risks, benefits and possible alternatives to the procedure and have given your permission for it to go ahead.
Even at this stage you are under no obligation to go through with the procedure if you change your mind.
Treatment can often be non-surgical. In many cases, the cysts can simply be observed, especially if they are painless, because they frequently disappear spontaneously. If the cyst becomes painful, limits activity, or is otherwise unacceptable, several treatment options are available. The use of splints and anti-inflammatory medication can be prescribed in order to decrease pain associated with activities.
This service enables GPs to refer patients to a GP screener who can diagnose and treat carpal tunnel syndrome. This service is offered at four locations within the Wakefield district.