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Does someone with a trigger finger HAVE to have surgery?


Trigger finger, a condition where the tendons that control the finger are pressed on at the base of the finger, can be mild or severe. Surgical procedures of most types of problems are usually avoided if there is a way to treat them nonsurgically. The same happens with trigger finger. Milder and moderate cases could be treated with: - Rest - Splinting - Finger exercises - Rest from activities that may encourage the bent position If these don't work, your doctor may recommend: - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation and pain - Steroid injections into the area - Percutaneous trigger finger release, which involves numbing the area and using a needle to release the finger - Surgery Ryan Will, MD, and John Lubahn, MD. Complications of Open Trigger Finger Release. In Journal of Hand Surgery. April 2010. Vol. 35. No. 4. Pp.594-596.

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