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WOW! Just 3 little stitches and the trigger finger is fixed…

Posted on: April 12, 2009


Two weeks or so ago, I finally gave in and made an appointment because my “pointer” no longer wanted to cooperate with my brain waves.  I was given and most excruciating shot I have ever endured in the hand. Made me feel sick to my stomach, burned like crazy, etc….yes, it’s worse than a spinal for delivery purposes!

Went back 2 weeks later, which was last Thursday.  Was told by the doc that it should be 100% better by then or we would have to look at other options.  Well, people, it wasn’t any better!

Was told that I two options: 1) a brace for 6 weeks to see if that made a difference

                                                          2) surgery

In pondering what to do….a brace for 6 weeks with no guarantee and still may need surgery, which would make it deep into golf season, or surgery immediately.  I chose immediately! Which meant, the following morning.

Assured it was a simple procedure with immediate relief – it was; except for becoming sick after arriving home and upchucking for 10 hours after surgery.

Took the bandage off today.  Still have the Drs. marking and his initials.  There is immediate relief – it’s a little tender to make a fist because of where the stitches are…but you know what…I’m going to be playing golf in a couple of weeks – worth it in my book; stitches out in 10 days and will probably have photos of that too….ahhh….my medical journal! I’m hoping to be picked up in the AMJ!

8 Responses to "WOW! Just 3 little stitches and the trigger finger is fixed…"

Hi, want to know how long you had the bandage on after the surgery. Its been 4 days since my surgery. I have a big bandage on my palm/fingers. I go back to the doc in a week to remove bandage and stitches However between my fingers is very itchy and sore because of the bandage and am wondering if the bandage cannot be removed earlier.

I was able to remove the bandage on the third day; had stitches removed on the 10th day.

However, my finger still swells and gets stiff/sore. Doc told me that the interior swelling could take 6 weeks to go down to normal. I can certainly tell if it’s going to rain.

My stitches were in the large “crack” in my hand between thumb and forefinger.

I am a musician; more specifically I play viola. I also have trigger finger in my left hand. I am 23 years old. I have been referred to an orthopedic surgeon but have not gone yet. I am considering surgery over the injections because I know they can be more painful than the actual problem itself and are not permanent. I fear that because I am as young as I am and the fact that I am a musician, with prolonged use, abuse, and overuse of my left hand that this problem is very likely to re-present itself in the future. Reading your experience is definitely having an impact on my decision. How is your hand now that it has been a few months? Any tenderness or other issues? I know there will be a recovery time as there is with any surgery, and all people are different, but about how long was it before you had full use of your hand and finger. As a musician, this is also a key factor.

About six weeks ago, my fourth finger on my right hand began to develop into a trigger finger. At first it was a minor problem, but it continued to get worse until I couldn’t stand it any more. I decided to have it remedied.

I had the trigger finger release surgery on Thursday. I opted for a local anesthetic, which entailed two shots of Lidocaine. The injections hurt, but the finger and area near the incision site were numb in seconds. The procedure took about five minutes.

My hand was bandaged-up, and I drove myself home. I was using may hand immediately. I was able to tie my shoes much easier with the bandaged hand than before the procedure. It was difficult using the computer mouse, but I was able to manage.

The next day, I had the bandage removed by a nurse at the doctor’s office. She cleaned the incision and sutures with peroxide, and applied band-aid.

It is now three days later and I have full use of my hand. I will have the sutures removed on Friday, eight days after the procedure.

My only complaint is that I was given a prescription for Vicodin. I took one and was nauseated for eighteen hours.

I’m very happy and satisfied that I submitted to the procedure.

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What type bandage did you have on after surgery?

Just a small wrap around the hand.

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