Frequent question: How long will I be off work after trigger thumb surgery?

How long after trigger thumb surgery can I drive?

Please check with our office that we have a therapy appointment coordinated for you within 2-4 days after surgery, to begin range of motion exercises and avoid stiffness. You may drive and do light activities as tolerated. Please avoid heavy lifting until the incisions are fully healed.

Is trigger finger a disability?

If you have been diagnosed with a trigger finger as a result of your work duties, then you will likely be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The challenge is to prove that your condition is the result of performing an action over time, such as gripping a tool.

Can I type after trigger finger surgery?

For 1 to 2 weeks after surgery, avoid using your hand. This includes lifting things heavier than 1 to 2 pounds or doing repeated finger or hand movements, such as typing, using a computer mouse, washing windows, vacuuming, or chopping food. Do not use power tools, and avoid other activities that make your hand vibrate.

How successful is trigger thumb surgery?

Some form of this surgery has been done for about a century, and the success rate is over 90%. There are possible problems like tendon or nerve damage, infection, and scarring.

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Can I use my hand after trigger thumb surgery?

For 1 to 2 weeks after surgery, avoid using your hand. This includes lifting things heavier than 0.5 to 1 kilogram (1 to 2 pounds) or doing repeated finger or hand movements, such as typing, using a computer mouse, washing windows, vacuuming, or chopping food.

Are you awake during trigger finger surgery?

Trigger finger release surgery can be performed with or without sedation: Wide awake straight local (no sedation): About 20-30 minutes prior to the procedure, local anesthesia will be injected into the affected hand. This provides adequate time for the surrounded area to absorb the anesthetic.

What happens after thumb surgery?

The first 6 weeks are tough with pain, weakness, and stiffness in the thumb. Most patients have minimal pain by 3 months after surgery. Your symptoms will continue to improve with improvements in ability to do more activities every 3 months.

Do you need physical therapy after trigger finger surgery?

It is important to begin finger exercises after surgery to avoid finger stiffness. Exercises should be started the day of surgery and be done throughout the day, and are especially important during the first 4 weeks after surgery. Do the exercises 3-4 times a day, for 5-10 repetitions each, for 3-4 weeks after surgery.

What are the side effects of trigger finger surgery?

Complications of surgery

  • infection.
  • stiffness or pain in the finger.
  • a tender scar.
  • nerve damage (if a nerve is damaged during surgery, you may never recover the full sensation in the affected area)
  • tendon bowstringing, where the tendon is in the wrong position.
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What is the cost of trigger finger surgery?

RESULTS: The overall success of the first steroid injection for trigger finger treatment was 63%, the second injection was 67%. Surgery was 100% effective. The average cost of a steroid injection was $506 and the average cost of trigger finger surgery was $5307.