Trigger Finger Release Surgery | Private Trigger Finger Release | Available in Shrewsbury & Wolverhampton

Trigger finger is a condition that prevents the finger or thumb from bending or traps them in a bent position. It is usually harmless but can be a nuisance and can start to hinder day to day activities. If trigger finger goes untreated it may also get worse and eventually result in complete immobility of the finger or thumb that is affected.

Anyone can get trigger finger or trigger thumb, but it is more common in people who use a repetitive gripping action in their everyday life. It also more commonly affects women and is seen more often in the right hand.

Trigger finger is caused by an inflammation in the tunnel surrounding the tendon in your finger. Inflammation makes the space narrower, meaning there is less space for the tendon to move and it can “catch” in the tendon sheath. When the catch is released the finger might bend or straighten quickly, a bit like a trigger being pulled and released.

Trigger finger is usually easy to identify but in addition to the finger “catching” you may also experience:

  • Hand pain, especially at the base of your thumb
  • Finger stiffness, particularly in the morning
  • Popping or clicking when you move the affected finger or thumb
  • Inability to bend your finger or thumb
  • Inability to straighten your finger or thumb
  • Numbness in the finger or thumb joint

Summerfield Healthcare is here to help if you experience trigger finger or trigger thumb. Our experienced orthopaedic hand surgeon in Shrewsbury can offer a virtual consultation, diagnosis and treatment to restore your mobility. Appointments can be made quickly and easily and are flexible to suit your schedule. You do not need a referral to use our services and you will be able to see a specialist quickly via video call. Face to face consultations can be arranged at your request.

Trigger Finger treatment

Initially, our doctor may ask you to use non-invasive and minimally-invasive methods to treat your trigger finger, including:

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Splinting
  • Steroid injections

However, if your condition is severe or worsening then you may benefit from hand surgery. The surgery for trigger finger is known as trigger finger release and involves an out-patient procedure in one of our clinics in Shrewsbury.

Trigger finger treatment and trigger thumb treatment are the same but trigger finger is the more common term used.

What does Trigger Finger Release involve?

Surgery for trigger finger releases the restricted tendon inside the tendon sheath to allow smooth movement to return. 

At the start of the procedure your surgeon will inject the affected finger or thumb with anaesthetic to numb the area. A small incision will then be made in the palm of your hand along one of the natural creases so that any scarring will be less noticeable. Your surgeon will make a cut along the tendon sheath to make it wider and allow the tendon to move freely. Your incision will be closed with stitches and bandaged.

How long does recovery take?

Trigger finger release surgery is a straightforward out-patient procedure and you will be able to leave the clinic on the same day. You will not be able to drive so we recommend that you make arrangements for transport before arriving for the procedure. You will be able to drive again as soon as you feel that it is safe to do so, usually 3-5 days.

You should be able to move the affected finger or thumb immediately after surgery, although it can take up to two weeks for full hand mobility to return. You will also need to keep bandages on for the first few days which will limit some movement.

Immediately after surgery you are likely to experience some pain and discomfort. Pain can be treated with over-the-counter medication like paracetamol and will subside within two weeks.

Most people find that they don’t need to take time off work unless they take a day off for the surgery. However, if your work involves manual labour, intensive movement, or physical strength, then you may need to take up to four weeks off. You should also avoid playing sport for 2-3 weeks following surgery.

Why choose Summerfield Healthcare?

Summerfield Healthcare has a specialist team of hand and wrist orthopaedic surgeons who can help you return to normal life and usually recover full use of your hand.

No GP referral is required and we accept self funding and insured patients.

When you book a virtual consultation with Summerfield Healthcare there is minimal waiting for appointments. There is no need for a referral and you can see a specialist without the long delays often associated with the NHS.

Although we are a private service our fees are structured with our patients in mind and we run regular trigger finger release clinics in Shrewsbury & Wolverhampton.

Once you have attended your virtual consultation with our consultant, we will arrange the trigger finger release surgery as soon as it’s convenient for you. The cost for an initial consultation is £199. The procedure and follow up consultations cost £1799.

Book today- no referral needed

We can arrange your trigger finger treatment or trigger thumb treatment quickly and easily, simply book a virtual consultation with our orthopaedic hand and wrist surgeon online, email your enquiry to [email protected] or call our reception team on 0333 9000 010. Face to face consultations are available at your request, simply let our team know if this is your preference.

Summerfield Healthcare’s medical reception team are specially trained to deal with all enquiries in a professional, prompt and private manner.

What is
the cost?

Although Summerfield Healthcare is a private practice our fees are low cost and structured with you in mind. Initial consultation fees are listed below:

Orthopaedic (hand and wrist) consultation

Virtual consultation with our experienced orthopaedic surgeon. Face to face consultations available at your request.
No GP referral needed.


Trigger Finger Release

No hidden costs, fee includes:
Trigger finger release procedure
Post surgery orthopaedic consultation virtual (or face to face if required by our consultant)
Stitch removal 10 days post surgery


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